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George Osborne has been touted as a potential candidate for BBC chairman


George Osborne is reportedly the newest name to be linked to the next role of BBC chairman.

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer, who missed a position as chairman of the Royal Opera House earlier this year, is being asked to apply for the role, according to The Daily Telegraph.

It comes after the leading contender for the new role, Lord Charles Moore of Etchingham, is out of the race for "personal" reasons and started a new hunt for the top spot.

The prestigious role, which comes with a £ 160,000 salary, includes maintaining the broadcaster's independence and overseeing the functioning of the organization.

George Osborne is reportedly being asked to apply for the role of BBC chairman

While Mr Osborne has not yet been approached for the role, the Prime Minister would like a Tory to take on the role of combating the broadcaster's left bias.

The other hats of the former Chancellor of the Exchequer

  • Adviser to investment management firm BlackRock (£ 650,000 per year for one day per week)
  • Works for Exor, a multi-million pound holding company that controls the Fiat auto empire
  • Chairman of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • Fellow at the US Think Tank of the McCain Institute
  • Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester
  • Regular after-dinner speeches for the Washington Speakers Bureau (over £ 500,000 annually)
  • Excellent visiting scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution

Earlier this week, Lord Moore, who previously worked as editor of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and was Boris Johnson's first choice for the role, cited family reasons for his decision to get out of the race.

Just a week later, veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby said he was considering throwing his hat in the ring.

He told the BBC's newscast podcast, “I could still apply, depending on who gets in touch. We know Boris Johnson wants to get the BBC going. We do not want a chairman who fulfills this ambition. & # 39;

When asked why he opposed Lord Moore's appointment, he said, "I was appalled … not because of his political views, but because he hates the BBC."

Other candidates for the role include former Head of Communications at Sir Robbie Gibb No. 10, former Secretary of Culture Nicky Morgan, and former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Trevor Phillips.

Current BBC chairman David Clementi will step down in February.

Mr. Osborne, who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2010 to 2016, began his career at the family company Osborne & Little before venturing into politics.

He then worked as political secretary to the opposition leader before being elected to parliament as the youngest Conservative MP in the lower house.

In 2005, at the age of 33, he was made shadow chancellor before successfully running David Cameron's campaign to become chairman of the Conservative Party.

In June, Mr. Osborne announced that he would resign as editor of the Evening Standard.

Candidates for the role of BBC Chairman

He tweeted, “After three wonderful years, I am stepping down as editor to become editor-in-chief.

"Thanks to the team that made the newspaper a must-see and helped me guide it through the greatest crisis in its history without missing an issue and produce some of its best journalists."

He also wished his successor Emily Sheffield, David Cameron's sister-in-law, the best of luck and praised her "creativity, commitment and experience".

Speculation about Mr Osborne's appointment comes just months after he missed a position as chairman of the Royal Opera House after a nominations committee selected the Carphone Warehouse co-founder instead.

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer was beaten by UK-based entrepreneur David Ross, 55, after being shortlisted for the top spot earlier this year.

The appointment came just months after the iconic art venue in Covent Garden, London announced that it was facing increasing "financial pressure" in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Insiders told the Sunday Times that Mr. Ross, who would succeed the late Ian Taylor, was selected for the prestigious role because of his track record of raising funds from high net worth individuals.

The businessman and art philanthropist, best known for co-founding the Carphone Warehouse Group in 1991, is also the chairman of the National Portrait Gallery.

Last month, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden insisted that no offers were made as to who would be the new chairmen of Ofcom and the BBC.

He told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, "We have a formal process for them so I will be launching the BBC Chairperson contest shortly."

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