The chairman of the BBC Trust, Sir Michael Lyons, has revealed that he will be standing down from the role in May next year.
Writing to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, Lyons said that he does not wish to be reappointed for a second term in the position when his four-year role expires.
Lyons cites time commitments as his primary reason for turning down a second term, claiming his workload “has now reached a point where I am increasingly concerned that it is crowding out other appointments to which I remain committed”.
It signals a change of mind for Lyons who, when asked in July whether he would continue, claimed that he would be “up for it”.
Lyons took the chairman seat in 2007 after the fallout of the Hutton inquiry. Recent months have seen him pushing the BBC to be more transparent in how it does its business, in order to satisfy the demands of a coalition government that has been critical of the way the BBC functions.
In his letter to Hunt, Lyons stated: “We have taken openness and transparency to a new level.
“I am proud of what we have achieved in safeguarding the BBC’s independence against significant challenge, and bringing the interests of audiences in all their diversity to the centre of the BBC’s thinking.”
This article appears in issue 252 of Media Digest.