BBC director general Mark Thompson is to become chief executive and president of the New York Times company this November, it has been announced.
According to the BBC, the New York Times said Thompson, 55, was the “ideal candidate” due to his experience in digital media on a global scale.
In a statement, Mark, who started his career as a production trainee at the BBC in 1979, said he was “excited” about his career change:
“I’m particularly excited to be coming to New York Times Company as it extends its influence digitally and globally.”
While NYT chairman, Arthur Sulzberger, praised his leadership, adding:
“Mark is a gifted executive with strong credentials whose leadership at the BBC helped it to extend its trusted brand identity into new digital products and services.”
The NYT runs national and regional newspapers and is owned by the New York Times Company, which publishes 18 other newspapers, including The Boston Globe and the International Herald Tribune.
Thompson will step down on 17 September and will be replaced by George Entwistle.