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Club Online Breakfast Zoom Event: A Conversation With Mark Thompson, Former BBC Director-General and New York Times CEO

Date: 24 Nov 2020 08:00 AM — 09:00 AM | Venue:

A Conversation With Mark Thompson, Former BBC Director-
General and New York Times CEO
Former President and CEO, The New York Times Co.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
8:00am HKT on Zoom
With concerns rising about the editorial independence of Hong Kong’s RTHK, former BBC Director-General Mark Thompson will discuss his experiences as the head of a public broadcaster facing political and governmental pressure in this Zoom event. Thompson, who served as head of the BBC for eight years before taking over as president and CEO of the New York Times Co., will also examine how news organisations can develop successful editorial and financial strategies amid the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by FCC first vice-president Eric Wishart.
Mark Thompson took over the BBC in 2004, after the resignation of Greg Dyke in the aftermath of the war in Iraq, and had to deal with accusations of political bias in the corporation’s domestic and international coverage. He joined the New York Times Co. in 2012; during his stewardship, digital subscribers jumped to nearly six million, up from half a million when he joined, while digital revenues topped $450 million at the end of 2019. For the past four years, the paper has been a regular target of President Donald Trump, who branded it “fake news”, an “enemy of the people” and “the failing New York Times”. Thompson stepped down as CEO earlier this year and has not yet announced his future plans.


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