Times Staffers Betting Against Their New Boss

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BBC director general Mark Thompson is pictured outside the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)'s Television Centre in White City, west London, on March 2, 2010. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is to slash spending on its online services and close two radio stations in a shake-up which follows criticism of its market dominance, it announced Tuesday. Digital radio stations BBC Asian Network and BBC 6 Music will close from next year as part of a strategic review of the BBC's strategy designed to boost programme funding, said director general Mark Thompson.
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In one of the least auspicious starts to a new job we've ever heard of, New York Times staffers apparently have a betting pool underway on how long new and embattled CEO Mark Thompson lasts on the job. "No word on how much money is in the pool," the New York Post reports, but he's apparently already pushed back two town-hall meetings at which he was to discuss the scandals that followed him from the BBC, so the pool sounds like one exciting wager.