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BBC Trust chairman steps down

BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten (pictured) is stepping down as head of the UK pubcaster's governing body, effective immediately, after undergoing major heart surgery.
May 6, 2014

BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten (pictured) is stepping down as head of the UK pubcaster’s governing body, effective immediately, after undergoing major heart surgery.

In a statement, the Trust said that Patten would be departing on health grounds. The decision comes after he was admitted to hospital suffering serious chest pains on April 27, subsequently undergoing bypass surgery the next day.

Patten will be replaced on an interim basis by vice-chairman and former Treasury adviser Diane Coyle.

“On the advice of my doctors… and having consulted my family and friends, I have concluded that I cannot continue to work at the same full pace as I have done to date,” he said.

BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “I have enjoyed working with Chris over the last year; he is a staunch believer in the BBC and he has brought his vast experience to the role of chairman of the BBC Trust.

“He has steered the BBC through some of its most difficult days. In undertaking this role he brought unrivaled experience, wisdom, and an overwhelming desire to ensure that the BBC remains the best public service broadcaster in the world.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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