Witnesses report that the CEO of the New York Times, Mark Thompson, got into a shouting match with a British film crew that came to New York to interview him about the growing BBC sex scandal surrounding famed Brit TV personality Jimmy Savile.
A report in the New York Post says that witnesses saw Thompson arguing with the film crew on the street outside his Upper West Side apartment on August 5.
“I saw a cameraman and a reporter speaking to Thompson outside his apartment before rush hour,” says the source quoted by the Post. “He was tense and angry and was talking very loudly. They followed him around the corner and he lost his temper and shouted at them. It really caused a scene. Someone needs to tell him that we can do without this kind of scene happening in the neighborhood.”
TheTimes, however, disputes the story. saying that Thompson’s voice was only raised because he was on a noisy street. The paper further notes that it was the BBC reporters who got angry, not Thompson.
Savile, charity front man and one of Britain’s most famous TV and radio presenters, has been accused of sexual abuse by hundreds of women many of whom were teens back in the 1960s, 70s and 80s when Savile is said to have abused them. The BBC itself has coming under criticism for having spent those same years covering up Savile’s abuses. The TV presenter passed away in 2011
As to Mark Thompson’s role in all this, he was the Director-General of the British Broadcasting Corporation for eight years from 2004 until he left for the USA in 2012. Many feel he had a hand in helping the BBC to cover up Savile’s alleged crimes.
Some in Britain feel evidence proves that Mark Thompson quashed an investigative piece on Savile that the BBC was going to produce and air. It is sure that the investigative program was abruptly canceled by someone high up in the BBC but Thompson says he never knew of the program and had no hand in its cancellation despite that he was the main man at the BBC. He said he never learned of any of this until after he stepped down to take the job in New York.
In his pre-employment interviews with the Times, Thompson swore he had no knowledge at all about the decades of sexual abuse cases perpetrated by BBC TV star Jimmy Savile, many of which the BBC allegedly aided in covering up and hiding from both the police and the license-paying public.