Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
Claudia Gonzalez, whose influence over Sulzberger's schedule and ideas about the company were reported on in several outlets, is apparently no longer in the picture.
Thompson, who was named C.E.O. eight months after the Times Company ousted his predecessor, Janet Robinson, has recently come under scrutiny as a result of the scandal enveloping his previous fiefdom, the BBC, which he headed from 2004 until earlier this year.
Scotland Yard is currently investigating claims that the late legendary BBC host Jimmy Savile sexually abused as many as 300 women and underage girls in the course of his three decades working for the U.K. broadcast giant.
Arthur Sulzberger Jr. 'satisfied' that incoming 'Times' chief Mark Thompson not stained by BBC scandal
On Thursday morning, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. trumpeted a resounding vote of confidence for Mark Thompson, who will replace him on Nov. 12 as as chief executive of The New York Times Company, a role Sulzberger has filled on an interim basis for nearly the past year.
"This sale will allow the Times Company to focus on the development and growth of our core brands locally, nationally and on a global scale," Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a press release announcing the deal.
Spearheaded by Times Company chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the goal of the program, which until recently had been called "Invest in the Core," is to extend the reach of the Times brand by increasing investment in four areas—mobile, video, social engagement, and new global markets—with resources made available partially by the sale of other properties.
The New York Times Company has named Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC, as its new C.E.O., capping off a more than seven-month search for its new leader.
"Our board has made meaningful progress in the search for a new C.E.O. and we expect to have more to share with you before the end of this quarter," said Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the chairman and interim C.E.O. of the Times Company, during its quarterly earnings call this morning.
At the 'Times,' a letter to Sulzberger asks him to 'reconsider' firing beloved media lawyer George Freeman
"Time and again, he has gone to bat intelligently, fearlessly and articulately for Times journalists against all sorts of threats from people and institutions we have written the truth about," the letter, which was obtained by Capital after it was sent via email last Thursday evening, reads in part.
"I have no doubt that we will find the right candidate, and I'm looking forward to that," he said.
As for the state of the C.E.O. search, Sulzberger said in prepared marks earlier in the call that the company had "made progress." He noted the recent hiring of the executive recruitment firm Spencer Stuart.
But that doesn't necessarily mean they're closing in on anyone in particular just yet.
"We are looking both internally and externally for an executive who meets our needs," he said.(1)
Bolstered by higher-than-predicted subscription rates, the 'Times' gets more aggressive about charging for online content
Apparently bolstered by the success of the so-called metered model program in its first 12 months, Times Co. executives have decided to alter a key element of it: Readers will now get 10 free articles a month rather than 20, a sign that the Times has become more confident that its most devoted readers are willing to pay for its journalism in digital form. Articles linked via blogs and social media will remain free, as will the homepage and section fronts of nytimes.com.
A year into the 'Times' digital subscription program, analysts and insiders see surprising success, and more challenges to come
Inside the building, the success of the meter model has inspired a new confidence among the Times' journalists.
"It's given a renewed sense of confidence to the place, that they pulled off something this big and this hard and made it work," one senior newsroom source told Capital.
But it's only the beginning, and there are signs that making this model continue to work at an increasing scale will take significant effort and resources.(4)
Arthur Sulzberger tells shareholders that the Times' search for a new C.E.O. is still in 'early stages'
The New York Times Company's search for a new chief executive "is in its early stages," according to Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the company's chairman and interim chief executive.
"Our board seeks to find an appropriate executive with digital and brand-building experience to help guide this company and its long term growth strategy," said Sulzberger Thursday morning on a conference call with analysts, which came on the heels of a major shakeup in company leaderhip and the $143 million sale of 16 smaller newspapers that made up its Regional Media Group.
Report: Internal grumbling that 'Times' publisher (and interim C.E.O.) Arthur Sulzberger Jr. travels too much
In a piece today about the "leadership vacuum" at the New York Times Co. following the abrupt exit late last year of C.E.O. Janet Robinson, Bloomberg's Edmund Lee and John Helyar report that some executives are uneasy about chairman Arthur Sulzberger's international travel schedule.
This is not the first time questions have been asked about Sulzberger's travel schedule—or the fact that he now appears to be in a committed cross-continental relationship.
Arthur Sulzberger to introduce 'New York Times' top editor Jill Abramson to Davos set with big dinner
Linda Zebian, a spokesperson for the Times Company, confirmed that Abramson, who's been in the post since September, "is indeed attending Davos this year for the first time."
Her predecessor, Bill Keller, never attended the conference. When we asked why, he said: "I'm just not that into conferences, but I know a lot of people find them useful."
Janet Robinson, chief executive of The New York Times Company since 2004, will retire on Dec. 31, the company announced to the surprise of media observers late Thursday afternoon.
Times Company chairman and Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. will step into the chief executive role on an interim basis while the search for a replacement is underway.