Perhaps the highlight of The New York Times Company's quarterly earnings call this morning was the moment when Wall Street analysts and reporters got an earful of a refined British accent, adding a bit of panache to what is usually a painfully robotic affair.

It was Mark Thompson, the former B.B.C. boss who has already weathered an international media scandal and a closely-watched round of newsroom downsizing since becoming the Times Company's new chief executive in November.

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