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.
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."
Amid the fallout from the Jimmy Savile scandal the BBC is investigating nine allegations of sexual harassment among staff and contributors.
BBC boss George Entwistle has spent almost two hours taking questions from MPs about the corporation's handling of the Savile scandal.
Ex-BBC boss Mark Thompson has told ITV News he will help with any inquiry into the corporation and its handling of the Savile allegations.