The UK government has declared Richard Sharp as its preferred choice for the role of BBC chairman.
Sharp, 64, previously worked at Goldman Sachs for 23 years. He was also the boss of Chancellor Rishi Sunak at one time. During the pandemic, Sharp has been working as an unpaid advisor to the government.
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said, “Richard’s leadership in the top flight of finance and commerce, combined with his passion for culture and public service make him the ideal person for this hugely important role.”
“He is exactly the Chair the BBC needs right now. I’m confident he will drive forward reforms to the BBC to ensure it impartially reflects and serves the needs of all parts of the UK, and evolves to remain a global success that is central to British national life in the decades ahead.”
Sharp added, “The BBC is at the heart of British cultural life and I’m honoured to be offered the chance to help guide it through the next chapter in its history.”
Sharp will face the DCMS select committee on 14th January ahead of appointment for the role next month.