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Richard Sharp resigns as BBC chairman over breach of appointment rules

28 Apr 2023 2 minute read
BBC chairman Richard Sharp. Photo |House of Commons

Richard Sharp has resigned as BBC chairman after a report found he failed to disclose a potential conflict of interest by playing a role in getting Boris Johnson an £800,000 loan guarantee.

The former Tory donor said on Friday morning that he will stand down at the end of June after barrister Adam Heppinstall KC’s review into his appointment found he committed breaches of the rules.

Mr Heppinstall concluded he “failed to disclose potential perceived conflicts of interest” to the panel that interviewed candidates and advised ministers on his appointment.

The report was ordered after it emerged he introduced his friend Sam Blyth, a cousin of Mr Johnson who wanted to help him with his financial troubles, to the Cabinet Office ahead of being recommended by the Government to the role.

In his resignation statement, Mr Sharp said: “Mr Heppinstall’s view is that while I did breach the governance code for public appointments, he states that a breach does not necessarily invalidate an appointment.

“Indeed, I have always maintained the breach was inadvertent and not material, which the facts he lays out substantiate. The Secretary of State has consulted with the BBC Board who support that view.

“Nevertheless, I have decided that it is right to prioritise the interests of the BBC.

“I feel that this matter may well be a distraction from the Corporation’s good work were I to remain in post until the end of my term.

“I have therefore this morning resigned as BBC chair to the Secretary of State, and to the Board.”

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1 year ago

Will he walk away empty handed?
Will he have a financial settlement?
Will he take an enhanced pension?
Did he break the law and if so the wage he has taken be classed as proceeds of crime and be retrieved.
Why should he be entitled to anything as he shouldn’t have applied for the job in the first place.

1 year ago
Reply to  Windy

The pay off seems to be par for the course for these elitist roles which are overpaid in the first place. The fact remains that pigs can never get enough out of any trough.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 year ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Good questions but one is missing. Where did Johnson get the loan from?

We know Sharp arranged a guarantor and we know the guarantor but we have no idea whether a Mexican cartel or the KGB or the Sackler family were the paymasters of the UK Prime Minister while he was in office.

Eric Hall
1 year ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

Never mind any of that. What surely is the most important question is why anyone should be happy living in a country where the leader, charged with efficiently running and managing the country, can’t even run and manage his own personal finances to such an extent that he finds a need to borrow £800,000 from a non-mainstream source

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