Rona Fairhead To Succeed Lord Patten At BBC Trust

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The next Chair of the BBC Trust has been revealed.

Former Financial Times Group Chairman and CEO Rona Fairhead is set to assume the position, which was vacated by Lord Patten earlier this year citing health concerns.

Reports began circling on Saturday that Rona Fairhead was the Government’s choice for the job, after their preferred candidate Seb Coe bowed out back in July. Those reports were subsequently confirmed today by Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Sajid Javid, who called Fairhead an “exceptional individual with a highly impressive career” who would be a “real asset” for the BBC Trust.

Fairhead is expected to be formally appointed by HM The Queen as the new Chair of the BBC Trust in the coming weeks. She is scheduled to testify before the House of Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport Committee on September 9th, when Fairhead is expected to be grilled on issues such as the relationship between the BBC executive and the Trust, the closure of BBC Three and the best form of regulation for the BBC.

If the appointment goes through as expected Rona Fairhead will become the first full time female Chair of the BBC Trust, which is the regulatory body overseeing the BBC. Since Lord Patten’s departure in May, BBC Trust Vice-Chair Diane Coyle, who failed to make the Government’s shortlist for the vacant position, has been serving as Acting Chair.