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Former deputy governor of the Bank of England and chairman of Prudential plc David Clementi has been selected as the UK Government’s choice as chair of the BBC.

clementi 11 Jan 2017 2Under the new BBC Charter, the BBC Trust is to be replaced by the new BBC Board, which will be responsible for overseeing a strong and independent BBC. The terms also mean that the appointment of the BBC chair and members is made by HM The Queen on recommendation from Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, through the Prime Minister. Clementi will now appear before the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for pre-appointment scrutiny on 17 January 2017.

Commenting on the appointment, Bradley, said: “The new BBC Charter will secure the future of the BBC, strengthen it and give it an unprecedented degree of independence. It will make it more transparent, accountable and representative. I am confident that Sir David will provide the strong leadership necessary for the BBC to remain the world’s best broadcaster. Sir David ... has extensive experience as a chairman in both the commercial and not-for-profit sector, and has a strong regulatory and business background. I am confident that under his direction, the nation’s broadcaster will continue to go from strength to strength.”

In a brief recognition of the announcement, BBC Director-General Tony Hall added: “I am delighted that Sir David Clementi has been announced as the preferred candidate. I am really looking forward to working with him.”