New York | Friday, June 22nd, 2012
New York Times chairman and interim CEO Arthur Sulzberger Jr. is eying BBC director general Mark Thompson as the Paper of Record’s next chief executive. Thompson has said that he would leave his BBC post after next month’s London Olympics. The shakeup at the Times follows Sulzberger’s firing of Janet Robinson in December, a controversial move that, as reported in a lengthy New York magazine article, exposed internecine divisions at the paper and prompted some to ask if Sulzberger’s girlfriend, Claudia Gonzalez, had played a hand in Robinson’s ouster. The New York piece also said that Michael Bloomberg’s name had been mentioned as a possible Robinson successor. The Times declined to comment on the Thompson speculation.