Richard Sharp has now announced that he is resigning as chairman of the BBC after the report into his hiring found he breached the code on public appointments.

Richard Sharp has today informed the Board that he is stepping down from his role.

The BBC Board issued the following statement:

“We accept and understand Richard’s decision to stand down. We want to put on record our thanks to Richard, who has been a valued and respected colleague, and a very effective Chairman of the BBC. The BBC Board believes that Richard Sharp is a person of integrity.

“Richard has been a real advocate for the BBC, its mission, and why the Corporation is a priceless asset for the country, at home and abroad. He has always had the impartiality of the BBC and a desire to see the organisation thrive at the forefront of his work as Chairman.

“We understand that the UK Government is moving swiftly to begin the process of appointing a new Chairman of the BBC, in line with the terms of the BBC’s Charter.”

Richard Sharp, Chairman of the BBC, said:

“Being the Chairman of the BBC has been an enormous privilege. It is an incredible organisation which has never mattered more than it does today, at home in the UK and around the world. I am very proud to have worked with the uniquely talented teams across the BBC. They are the best at what they do and I shall always be their champion.”

Tim Davie, the Director-General of the BBC, said:

“On behalf of the BBC Executive, I would like to thank Richard for his service to the BBC and the drive and intellect he brought to his time as Chairman. Working with him over the last two years has been rewarding and Richard has made a significant contribution to the transformation and success of the BBC.

“The focus for all of us at the BBC is continuing the hard work to ensure we deliver for audiences, both now and in the future.”

The BBC Board has asked Sharp to stay on as Chairman until the end of June while the process to appoint his successor is undertaken and he has agreed to do so “in the interest of the Corporation’s stability and continuity.”

Jon Creamer

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