The UK government has appointed former deputy governor of the Bank of England David Clementi as the next chair of state-owned pubcaster BBC, replacing Rona Fairhead who stepped down from the post in September.
Former government official Deirdre Hutton and John Makinson, chair of paperback publisher Penguin Random House, were also shortlisted as potential candidates.
Clementi last year oversaw a review process of the way in which the UK pubcaster was governed, bringing about the recommendation that the BBC Trust – the BBC’s current governing body – would be replaced by external media and telecommunications regulator Ofcom, which will handle investigations and editorial complaints.
“I am delighted that Sir David Clementi has been announced as the preferred candidate. I am really looking forward to working with him,” said Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC, in a statement.