Mark Thompson, the former director general of the BBC, began his new job as the CEO of the New York Times today (Nov 12), determined not to have the scandals engulfing his former employers rub off on his new tenure.
Keen to hit the ground running, Thompson has reiterated that he is focused on his new post and will not allow the crisis at his former place of employment cloud his judgement. The paper's new head has also been insistent that he was oblivious of any notions of child abuse linked to former BBC employer Jimmy Savile during his time at the company, regardless of the fact that many have since claimed that rumours surrounding Savile's private life had been around the company for decades.
The scandal has so far sparked a media frenzy back in Thompson's native UK, coinciding with an ongoing police investigation and further (false) claims against certain high ranking officials since being aired on the BBC. As a result of the ongoing saga, George Entwistle, Thompson's successor at the BBC, and several other key executives have resigned from their posts at the corporation.
He told ITV News this morning, outside of his new employer's offices, "Like many people I'm very saddened by the recent events at the BBC. But I believe that the BBC is the world's greatest broadcaster. I have no doubt it will once again regain the public's trust both in the UK and around the world. It is full of people with real integrity and talent and I have no doubt it will get back on its feet really soon."
He also made it clear, when asked what the current situation may mean for his position, "It will not in any way affect my job."