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The New York Times Company officially put The Boston Globe up for sale in late February, so naturally, everyone wants an update on the situation. Aside from a list of about 800 rumored buyers, there hasn’t been any word. However, Mark Thompson, the Times’ CEO, said things are going great.
The Globe reports that during an investor conference call, Thompson explained that he was “very pleased with the interest, and the progress, that’s been expressed so far.”
Okay, that’s about as vague as it gets. One nugget we did find though: Evercore Group, which is responsible for fetching bids for the Globe, has already conducted meetings with six different interested parties. Who were they? Know one knows! But apparently they were very pleasing. So please be pleased.
Each year I Want Media offers those interested its “The Future of Media” talk, and this year’s lineup includes some heavy hitters. Panelists include Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times; Henry Blodget, CEO and editor of Business Insider; Cindy Jeffers, CEO and CTO of Salon Media; Jonah Peretti, CEO and founder of BuzzFeed; and Roy Sekoff, president of HuffPost Live.
If an hour-long discussion on “How the Internet and other digital media are transforming the traditional media landscape” gets you all hot and bothered (don’t be ashamed, there are no judgements here), you’re probably going to want to attend.
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Longtime former KTTV weatherman Mark Thompson, most recently a regular guest and guest host on KFI AM 640′s Tim Conway Jr. show, has a new podcast. And if the second episode of “The Edge” featuring Dateline‘s Josh Mankiewicz is any indication, this conversation series is a keeper.
Thompson and co-host Heather Ankeny welcomed Mankiewicz to the program’s “new outdoor studio overlooking Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.” The veteran NBC TV crime reporter touches on many intriguing topics including Princess Diana, the trial of Jodi Arias and something he was once told by an LAPD homicide-robbery division vet:
The detective said to me, ‘You can classify almost all murders under three motives: money; love; pride.’ And the truth is, that does take care of, or explain, a huge number of murders. ‘I wanted his drugs, I wanted to sell them’ – money; ‘I didn’t want to be married to my wife anymore’ – and sometimes love is the absence of love, or it’s the desire to live with another person…
The New York Times Company is seeking a buyer for the Boston Globe. The company has teamed up with Evercore Partners to help sell its New England Media Group, which includes the Globe and its website; the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and its site; and GlobeDirect, the Globe’s direct mail company.
“We are very proud of our association with the Globe and the Telegram & Gazette, but given the differences between these businesses and The New York Times, we believe that a sale is in the best long-term interests of these properties and the employees who work for them as well as in the best interests of our shareholders,” said Mark Thompson, CEO of the Times Company, in a statement.
This wouldn’t be the first time the Times has tried to sell the Globe. In 2009, as the Globe hemorrhaged money, the Times considered ditching the paper. The Times relented when cutbacks reduced the Globe’s overall losses. Plus, the bids the Times did receive weren’t exactly enticing.
Robert Christie, senior vice president of corporate communications for The New York Times Company since 2010, is leaving the company. Christie came to the Times from Dow Jones & Company.
“Bob’s extensive experience and broad range of contacts in the industry have been very valuable over the past three years,” wrote Mark Thompson, CEO of the Times, in a memo.
We’ve told you how New York Times staffers aren’t too thrilled about their new CEO, Mark Thompson. They’re upset that the Times hired him when he’s embroiled in a scandal from his last spot at the BBC.
Now, according to The New York Post, Times staffers are putting cash behind that anger, as they’ve started placing bets on how long Thompson will be employed by the paper. The idea came after two big meetings with Thompson were pushed into 2013.
If you think this is unprofessional, you should see how big the Times staffer pool is for “Last Bag of Bugles in the Vending Machine.”
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson says she and new Times CEO Mark Thompson have a strong relationship, and that in meetings, Thompson “seems full of energy and ideas.” She added that she has “every confidence [in Thompson] as CEO.” Abramson made the comments at the Business Insider Ignite conference in New York.
Thompson has only been at the helm of the Times for two weeks, but he is under intense scrutiny due to a scandal that erupted at his former employer, the BBC. Thompson was the director general of the BBC when an investigative report that would reveal a major pedophilia scandal at the company was quashed. Thompson maintained that he had no involvement in killing the story.
“The people who have been saying he perhaps isn’t the best choice for the best job are the public editor, who does not actually work in the newsroom, and one of our columnists, who work for the editorial page,” Abramson said, adding ” I don’t think the public editor looked at our coverage.
I certainly have had a team of reporters in New York and London reporting on this story, and we have done a number of lengthy enterprise pieces on the unfolding issues in the BBC investigation,” Abramson added.
A new letter has fanned the flames already scorching new New York Times CEO Mark Thompson. The ex-BBC chief has claimed that he only learned of the sex allegations against British celebrity Jimmy Savile after he left his job, but the note might prove otherwise. Thompson is facing heat because people have claimed that he killed a news program that was investigating Savile, in the hopes that it would quell the scandal.
According to the Times (by the way, it must be brutal to be dragged over the coals by your own company), the letter was sent to The Sunday Times, by lawyers representing Thompson and another unnamed BBC executive. People who have seen the note told the Times that it contained “a summary of the alleged abuse, including the allegation that some abuse might have occurred at the BBC.” The letter was sent 10 days before Thompson left the BBC.
An aide to Thompson while he was at the BBC told the Times that he did “verbally authorize” his lawyers to send it. However, “It’s not clear if he was shown it, but he doesn’t remember reading it.”
It would be quite odd for someone of Thompson’s position — or anyone, really — to agree to a letter that threatened to sue another company without reading it, don’t you think? We have a feeling things are going to get a lot hotter for Thompson.
Today marks the beginning of the Mark Thompson era at The New York Times Company, and it could be a long time before he settles in comfortably. Thompson comes aboard as his past stint at BBC continues to haunt him.
Currently, British law enforcement agents are investigating the celebrity Jimmy Savile over allegations that he abused hundreds of underage girls. Thompson enters into that picture because people have claimed that under his watch, the BBC program Newsnight killed an investigative piece on Savile, in an effort to quiet the scandal. To make matters worse, Thompson’s successor and two other senior executives have abruptly resigned due to pressure from the alleged misconduct.
As you can imagine, Times staffers are a little worried about the whole thing.