Former banker Richard Sharp to be next BBC chairman

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Former Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp is set to be named the BBC’s next chairman, the corporation’s media editor Amol Rajan says.

Mr Sharp spent 23 years working for the banking giant and was reportedly Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s boss there.

He has recently been acting as an unpaid economic adviser to Mr Sunak during the coronavirus pandemic.

His new role will see him lead negotiations with the government over the future of the licence fee.

Sir David Clementi, the current BBC chairman, steps down in February. The post-holder is officially appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of the government.