Government’s Preferred Candidate for the BBC Chair Announced
Sir David Clementi is the Government’s preferred candidate for the BBC Chair, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced today, Tuesday 10th January 2017.
Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of Prudential PLC, Sir David has been selected following an open recruitment process under the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice. The selection panel was chaired by a Public Appointments Assessor and included two independent panel members and one Government representative.
Sir David will now appear before the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for pre-appointment scrutiny on January 17 2017.
Under the new BBC Charter, the BBC Trust is to be replaced by the new BBC Board, which will be responsible for overseeing a strong and independent BBC.
Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley, said:
The new BBC Charter will secure the future of the BBC, strengthen it and give it an unprecedented degree of independence. It will make it more transparent, accountable and representative. I am confident that Sir David will provide the strong leadership necessary for the BBC to remain the world’s best broadcaster.
Sir David will bring a wealth of experience to the role and was the strongest candidate in an extremely competitive and high-calibre field. He has extensive experience as a chairman in both the commercial and not-for-profit sector, and has a strong regulatory and business background. I am confident that under his direction, the nation’s broadcaster will continue to go from strength to strength.
Sir David said:
The BBC is a world class broadcaster and one of the UK’s most beloved and cherished institutions. It would be a great honour to join the BBC at an important time in the organisation’s history.
Under the terms of the BBC Royal Charter, appointment of the BBC Chair and members is made by HM The Queen on recommendation from Ministers (the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, through the Prime Minister).