UK government begins search for new BBC Trust chief
Joseph O'Halloran
| 31 May 2014
In his first key action since being appointed UK Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid and his department has begun the process for appointing a new Chair of the BBC Trust.

The move comes weeks after the shock announcement by former incumbent Chris Patten that he was to step down immediately on health grounds from the body responsible for ensuring that BBC Licence Fee payers get best value.

The position has now been advertised and a shortlist of candidates will be interviewed over the summer and the Javid has promised to meet all 'appointable' candidates. The Government will then select a preferred candidate.

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 which is due to end in May 2015.

Commenting on the process, 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."