Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson

Words of wisdom. Mark Thompson, the former director-general of the BBC and New York Times CEO, told his new charges at CNN not to become distracted by the drama swirling around the future of the network in the aftermath of the tumult under ex-CNN Chris Licht and the ouster of Jeff Zucker.

He told them to follow their news instincts and avoid being sucked into the never-ending media navel-gazing, and chatter about who is up and down.

“Let’s not second guess ourselves or get distracted by complicated arguments about balance or whataboutism or false equivalency. Let’s cover political news proportionately and fairly, but not be frightened of our own shadows.”

With its global reach, CNN is more vital than ever with breaking news from the Middle East and the ongoing struggle in Ukraine.

Thompson is the right person to revive the fortunes of CNN.

Fox News and New York Post go hunting... Fox News has given Hunter Biden just about the same coverage as Donald Trump, according to a report by the Stanford Cable TV News Analyzer.

The president’s son received an average 27 minutes of coverage per month over the past year, compared to 33 minutes for the ex-president.

Joe Biden earned 56 minutes of coverage.

Fox stepped up its coverage of Hunter in May on news of his plea deal. It stepped up again in July after the deal fell apart and soared in September as the GOP kicked off its impeachment inquiry.

The New York Post, which is also owned by Rupert Murdoch, also went all-in for Hunter.

The paper ran a whopping 784 stories which either featured or mentioned Biden, compared to 821 for his dad, according to LexisNexis.

Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis is a big loser in the Murdoch properties' fixation on Hunter, which is also a great way to divert attention from the four-time indicted ex-president.

DeSantis received 12 minutes of coverage from Fox and earned 562 mentions from the Post.

That is part of the reason why his presidential run fizzled.

The Boomtown Rats don’t like Mondays but Publicis CEO Arthur Sadoun sure does.

That’s why he wants the Publicis gang to be at their desks bright and early on Mondays, beginning in January.

The Frenchman believes the extended work from home weekends stifle creativity and collaboration.

“We have to admit that a disproportionate part of remote working is actually leading to siloed work, less collaboration, sometimes stunted creativity, fewer innovations and decreasing productivity,” he said in a video announcing a new policy that requires all hands in on Monday.

Sadoun believes the beauty of working in the office on Monday is that “everyone kick starts the week together.”

Publicis staffers are also banned from taking consecutive work from home days.

Will Arthur be doing Monday morning head counts?