Dame Elan Closs Stephens Appointed Acting BBC Chairwoman

Dame Elan will oversee the BBC board beginning on 27 June for a year or until a new permanent chair is selected, whichever comes first.

Dame Elan Closs Stephens Appointed Acting BBC Chairwoman
Dame Elan Closs Stephens Appointed Acting BBC Chairwoman

Following Richard Sharp's resignation, Dame Elan Closs Stephens has been designated BBC acting chairwoman.

He resigned earlier this year after breaking regulations regarding his interactions with then-prime minister Boris Johnson prior to his appointment.

Dame Elan will oversee the BBC board beginning on 27 June for a year or until a new permanent chair is selected, whichever comes first.

She described the new position as a "huge honour."

She was appointed by Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer, who stated that Dame Elan had "unanimous board support" and "would bring stability to the BBC's leadership."

Mr. Sharp resigned in April after a report determined that his failure to disclose his knowledge of Mr. Johnson's personal finances created the appearance of a conflict of interest.

After it was revealed that he attempted to secure a high-level government meeting for a businessman providing financial assistance to the former prime minister, his position was scrutinised.

Mr. Sharp violated the corporation's rules by not completely disclosing his role in arranging a meeting between Cabinet Secretary Simon Case and Sam Blyth, a distant cousin of Mr. Johnson who offered financial assistance to the then-prime minister.

After the Sunday Times reported that in 2020 Mr. Johnson was offered a loan of up to £800,000 to supplement his income, an investigation was launched.

Mr. Sharp, a former investment banker and Conservative Party donor, had already applied for the BBC position when he approached Mr. Case; a few months later, he was offered the position.

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