Lord Patten to take helm at BBC Trust

David Cameron is expected to confirm Lord Patten as the new chairman of the BBC Trust, according to MediaGuardian.

The Tory peer, who will replace Sir Michael Lyons, has vowed to “stand up to the government of the day and the organisation itself”.

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is confident he will not be accused of making a political appointment despite Patten’s background as a former Conservative cabinet member.

Lyons’ relationship with BBC director-general Mark Thompson was too cosy in the eyes of Hunt, who feels Patten will prove more neutral in the four-day per-week, £110,000-a-year role.

Patten, 66, is a Europhile but despite “grumblings” on the Tory right, “there isn’t anyone angry enough to try and stop him”, according to the Eurosceptic Conservative John Redwood.

(Source: MediaGuardian)




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