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News Summary: BBC scandal taints incoming NYT boss


THE NEWS: The child abuse scandal that has enveloped one of Britain's most recognized news organizations is now hitting one of America's, as the incoming president of The New York Times is on the defensive about his final days as head of the BBC.

THE BACKGROUND: Mark Thompson was in charge of the BBC in late 2011 when the BBC shelved what would have been a bombshell investigation alleging that the late Jimmy Savile, one of its biggest stars, was a serial sex offender.

THE DEFENSE: Thompson says he never worked with Savile and never met him. He said executives told him that the investigation was canceled for journalistic reasons.


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