N.Y. Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson Takes Office Amid BBC Scandal

Mark Thompson, the former director-general of the BBC, took office as an investigation into pedophilia allegations continues at the British broadcaster

Mark Thompson took office on Monday as the new CEO of the New York Times Company, after his successor at the BBC resigned Saturday amid a sex scandal.

Getty ImagesThompson, the former BBC director-general who was selected as the paper's new chief months ago, has denied squelching an exposé by a BBC investigative program that claimed that children's TV host Jimmy Savile, a much-lauded star at the corporation, routinely coerced teenage girls into sex.

George Entwistle, his successor, resigned on Saturday night as a public probe into the BBC's management moves forward.

Thompson started work at the Times on Monday.

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"He is in the office today," a spokeswoman for the Time told TheWrap. "The Times will continue to cover the BBC story."

Last month, the Times ombudswoman urged the paper's media reporters to "aggressively cover" the BBC scandal. A day later, a columnist on the Times' op-ed page questioned whether, in light of the alleged cover-up, Thompson was the right man for the job.

But publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., who served as the interim CEO of the company during the months-long executive search, has stuck by Thompson, insisting in a quarterly earnings call with investors that he was "satisfied" with the British executives' answers to questions about the scandal.

For the record: An earlier version of this story said George Entwistle resigned on Sunday. He resigned late Saturday night.