BBC’s departing director general Mark Thompson in talks for top post at New York Times

By Hamish Mackay |

June 25, 2012 | 1 min read

The BBC’s departing director General Mark Thompson is reported to be in talks with the New York Times about becoming its new chief executive.

However, Thompson, who leaves the BBC after the London Olympics, is also believed to be considering other offers.

The Guardian reports that a source not connected to Thompson said he had had two meetings in London over the past four weeks about the vacant New York Times Company chief executive role – and that the meetings appeared to be part of a "co-ordinated attempt" by the US newspaper publisher to hire Thompson.

The New York Times Company has declined to comment.

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