BBC Chairman Richard Sharp Stepping Down


Richard Sharp, chairman of the BBC, is stepping down, though he will remain on until the end of June while the process to appoint his successor is undertaken.

The BBC Board said: “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 organization thrive at the forefront of his work as chairman.

“We understand that the U.K. 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.”

Sharp commented: “Being the chairman of the BBC has been an enormous privilege. It is an incredible organization, which has never mattered more than it does today, at home in the U.K. 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.”