Notre Dame fire was bigger story for NY Times than Mueller report: CEO

The completely new York Times’ business isn’t just dependent on President Donald Trump along with the U.S. political cycle, CEO Mark Thompson told CNBC on Wednesday.

In fact, the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris last month drew more readers than the Discharge of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russia’s interference from the 2016 U.S. presidential election, he said.

“When news arrived which Attorney General Barr was going to receive the Mueller report, which was also the same week when there was the terrible fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,” Thompson said on “Closing Bell. “

“Notre Dame was a bigger story for the Times than the Mueller report was which week.”

Flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019 afternoon, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said.

Francois Guillot | AFP | Getty Images

The fire at the famed cathedral in mid-April caused the landmark’s roof along with spire to collapse, although the item was ultimately saved coming from complete destruction.

Meanwhile, Mueller said his investigation didn’t establish which members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia in its election interference campaign.

Thompson’s response about the Mueller report came after he was asked if the paper has seen a drop-off in readership after the special counsel’s findings were released, similar to what some cable news channels had experienced.

The CEO also said which the newspaper can be “very broad based” along with noted which its recent recaps of the HBO series “Game of Thrones” have been doing well.

“The Times can be very full service. We’re not like one of those cable networks which have been kind of living off the Trump story along with nothing else. We do a full range of stories,” he added.

“which can be one of the reasons which we’re seeing, a kind of, steady growth in subscribers, which can be not dependent on the U.S. political cycle alone.”

— CNBC’s Mike Calia along with Kevin Breuninger contributed to This particular report.