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Former BBC Director is New New York Times CEO

The new New York Times CEO has a TV background. Mark Thompson, the outgoing director general of the BBC, was named CEO of The Times today, succeeding Janet Robinson who left the company with a golden parachute last December.

The Times’ Christine Haughney and Amy Chozick write about their boss’s, boss’s, boss’s new boss, whose background is in TV news production.

In 2000, Mr. Thompson became the BBC’s director of television. He has served as BBC Worldwide’s director general since 2004 and added chairman to his title this year. As director general, he oversaw 20,000 employees globally and 400,000 hours of programming, according to the BBC Web site.

Thompson joined BBC in 1979 as a production trainee and later helped launch BBC news programs “Watchdog” and “Breakfast Time.” He became Editor of the Nine O’Clock News in 1988 and of “Panorama,” which bills itself as the world’s longest-running investigative TV show, in 1990.

The Times says Thompson is known for his digital expansion of the BBC. He “championed the BBC’s collaboration in YouView, a joint venture with ITV, Channel 4 and other channels that provides digital TV. He has also seen cost cuts at the publicly-funded broadcaster, something the folks at The Times, and most newspaper companies, have become very familiar with.

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George Entwistle Tapped to Lead The BBC

The BBC has found its new director general. The UK public broadcaster has named George Entwistle to the post, which is being vacated by Mark Thompson in September.

Entwistle is currently the director of BBC Vision, a unit which oversees the commission, production, scheduling and broadcasting of new TV programs. In his new role, Entwistle will oversee all of the BBC’s global operations, including international cable news channel BBC World News, as well as serving as the liaison to the beeb’s for-profit U.S. units BBC America and BBC.com.

The BBC has one of the largest TV news divisions in the world, with channels across the U.K. and around the globe.

Thompson announced his departure in March, sparking furious speculation about his replacement. he has been rumored as a possible candidate for CEO of the New York Times.

BBC Chief Mark Thompson Stepping Down

The director general of the BBC, Mark Thompson, is stepping down later this year following the London Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee. In an email to staff, Thompson announced his decision and saluted employees.

“We’ve weathered a series of lively storms and been through some trying, as well as some very successful, times together,” Thompson wrote. Thompson has been the longest-serving director general of the public broadcaster since the 1970′s.

The director general of the BBC is one of the most powerful media positions in the world, let alone the U.K. Thompson oversaw a suite of radio stations and TV networks in the U.K., as well as BBC News. The British broadcaster also has an ownership stake in dozens of channels and media outlets across the world, including BBC World News and BBC America.

Helen Boaden, the BBC’s news chief, is considered among the candidates to replace Thompson.