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Thursday 3 September 2020

16:00

Mark Thompson, former President and CEO of The New York Times

Safeguarding quality journalism, political debate in run up to the US presidential election, and the future of the BBC

John Arlidge, senior business writer at The Sunday Times, in conversation with Mark Thompson on safeguarding quality journalism, political debate in run up to the US presidential election, and the future of the BBC.

Mark Thompson

Mark, former President and CEO of The New York Times Company since 2012, has directed strategy and presided over an expansion of the newspaper’s digital and global operations. Under his leadership, digital subscriptions have grown from 500,000 to more than five million and could reach ten million total subscriptions by 2025.

Previously, he served as Director-General of the BBC. He joined the BBC in 1979. He left for two years in 2002 to become CEO of Channel 4 Television in the UK before returning in 2004 as Director-General. He is author of Enough Said, in which he argues politicians have forgotten how to talk to each other and to the public and “if they don’t remember how, we’re all screwed”.