BBC Trust Chair selection process begins

May 30, 2014 11.10 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

The UK’s culture secretary Sajid Javid has announced the start of the process for appointing a new BBC Trust Chair.

Javid said: The BBC is a great British institution that entertains and educates while helping to showcase the best of British around the world.
“We need an exceptional individual to lead the Trust to get the best out of the BBC for licence fee payers.”

Lord Patten resigned as Chair on health grounds, and applications to be his successor must be submitted by June 20.

A shortlist of candidates will be interviewed over the summer and the culture secretary will meet all appointable candidates. The Government will then select a preferred candidate.

The preferred candidate will appear before the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for pre-appointment scrutiny and the Government will then make its final decision.

The Chair will be paid £110,000 a year for three to four days per week, the same as Lord Patten received. The Chair will be appointed for a term of four years.

The key priority facing the new Chair will be reviewing the BBC Charter, which expires at the end of 2016.

The Government will not begin Charter review in this parliament.

The appointment process will be overseen by an independent Public Appointments Assessor, who will ensure the appointment complies with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.