Mark Thompson faces a plummeting stock price and lagging revenues when he takes over next week as the new chief executive of the New York Times Company, said Joe Nocera in The New York Times. But what’s likely to plague the former director general of the BBC even more are “those two most damning of questions: What did he know, and when did he know it?” They refer to the “enormous sexual-abuse scandal” revolving around the late Jimmy Savile, a once-beloved BBC personality who, it has recently been revealed, molested hundreds of young girls. Thompson, 55, has vehemently denied that he played any role in scuttling an on-air exposé of Savile last year, when he headed the BBC. “I had no reason to believe that his conduct was a pressing concern,” he said.
Thompson’s colleagues at the BBC insist he would never have countenanced a cover-up, said Michael Moynihan in TheDailyBeast.com. A practicing Catholic and BBC veteran of almost 30 years, Thompson “would have taken no prisoners on this story if he’d known the scale,” said BBC journalist John Ware. But as the Savile scandal continues to grow, “the drip, drip, drip of damaging information and shifting timelines might yet have a fatal impact on Thompson’s new career.”