BBC President Richard Sharp announced his resignation on Friday, swept away by a conflict of interest case surrounding his appointment as head of the British public audiovisual group. A report published on Friday found a violation of the rules on public appointments. Former banker, Richard Sharp was appointed in 2021, shortly after having played the matchmaker to help Boris Johnson, then Prime Minister, to obtain a loan of 800,000 pounds sterling (906,000 euros).
The report "concludes that I violated the governance code for public appointments," but that violation "does not necessarily invalidate the appointment," said Richard Sharp in a statement announcing his resignation.
Claiming an "inadvertent" breach, Richard Sharp argues that he wants to put "the interests of the BBC first", saying the case could represent a "distraction" from the "good work" of the media giant. British audiovisual. His resignation will be effective at the end of June. In a letter to Richard Sharp, Culture Minister Lucy Fraser said she "understands and respects" his decision, thanking him for his work as BBC chairman.