Burne Thompson worked as an editor at Channel 6 News and was April's boss in the 1987 TV series and Archie Comics. Burne Thompson and the cameraman Vernon Fenwick often blamed the Turtles for crimes in New York City. Burne Thompson had a girlfriend named Tiffany, who was a turtle hater. Although Burne Thompson disliked the Turtles, he did allow April to broadcast a story reporting on the heroism of the Turtles as it was proven true, showing he does have a sense of truth in reporting. Even the Turtles seemed to fear him; one time when they broke a satellite dish, Michaelangelo remarked "Burne Thompson is going to be mondo ticked off at us!"
He is similar to J. Jonah Jameson and Commander Feral; all three hate the heroes (Spider-Man with Jameson, SWAT Kats with Feral) and believes them to be menaces to the city.
Burne started the 1987 cartoon series talking normal, and later started using a stuttering talk.
Burne's 50th birthday was celebrated in the episode 20,000 Leaks Under the City. He lied about his age to Tiffany over the phone and claimed he was "thirty-something".