BBC Chairman Sharp in breach of rules, leading to his resignation
The report found that despite breaching the government’s code for public appointments by failing to disclose a potential conflict of interest, BBC Chairman Sharp’s appointment could still be considered valid.
Richard Sharp (Image Source – AFP)
An independent report revealed that BBC Chairman Richard Sharp breached the rules for public appointments by not disclosing a potential conflict of interest regarding a loan for then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Following the report, Sharp resigned from his position on Friday. However, he has agreed to continue serving until the end of June to give the government ample time to find his replacement.
The country’s public appointments watchdog has been scrutinizing the selection process that led to Sharp’s appointment as the chairman of the broadcaster in 2021.
According to the report, BBC Chairman Richard Sharp was found to have breached the government’s code for public appointments by not disclosing a potential conflict of interest, but it did not necessarily mean his appointment was invalid.
Sharp explained that he believed continuing to serve until the end of his four-year term would be a hindrance to the positive work being done by the broadcaster.
In a statement, Sharp declared that he had resigned as the BBC Chair and informed both the Secretary of State and the board of his decision to prioritize the interests of the BBC.