New York Times support for ex-BBC Director-General

Arthur Sulzberger Jr. the chairman of the company and publisher of The New York Times has voiced his support for Mark Thompson, the incoming president and chief executive, in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Mr Thompson was the Director-General when the Newsnight investigation in to Savile was shelved.

Mark Thompson before he left the BBC Credit: PA

In a letter to the Times staff Mr. Sulzberger said, "I want to address a topic that has been on many people’s minds. Mark has provided a detailed account of that matter, and I am satisfied that he played no role in the cancellation of the segment."

Mr. Sulzberger goes on to describe Mr Thompson as having, "high ethical standards and the ideal person to lead our Company."