RICHARD SHARP has resigned as the chair of the BBC, following months of mounting pressure from critics who questioned his close ties to the Conservative Party and his lack of experience in the media industry.
In his resignation letter, Sharp stated that he had “decided with great regret” to step down from his role, adding that he had “enjoyed working with the incredibly talented and committed people at the BBC.”
Sharp, a former Goldman Sachs banker, was appointed as the chair of the BBC in February 2021, succeeding Sir David Clementi. However, his appointment was met with criticism from some quarters, who argued that he lacked the necessary expertise and experience to lead the UK’s largest broadcaster.
Sharp’s ties to the Conservative Party also raised concerns, particularly in light of the government’s ongoing review of the BBC’s funding model. Critics argued that his appointment could compromise the BBC’s independence and undermine its editorial integrity.
The news of Sharp’s resignation has been met with mixed reactions. Some have praised him for taking the “honourable” decision to step down, while others have criticised him for failing to address the concerns that had been raised about his appointment.
The BBC has yet to announce who will succeed Sharp as the new chair. However, the appointment is likely to be closely scrutinised, as the next chair will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the broadcaster.