Os­borne be­ing lined up as BBC chair­man

The Daily Telegraph - - Front Page - By Christo­pher Hope chief Po­lit­i­cal cor­re­spon­dent

GE­ORGE OS­BORNE is be­ing lined up as the next BBC chair­man af­ter the Gov­ern­ment in­creased the salary for the role, The Daily Tele­graph can dis­close.

Min­is­ters rai s ed t he salary to £160,000 a year for the part-time role to at­tract a wider range of can­di­dates with the job ad­vert posted this week.

Boris Johnson, the Prime Min­is­ter, is un­der­stood to be very keen to ap­point a Tory to the role to counter a per­ceived

Left-wing bias at the cor­po­ra­tion. The Tele­graph un­der­stands that the for­mer chan­cel­lor, who edited the Lon­don Evening Stan­dard un­til June af­ter quit­ting as a Con­ser­va­tive MP in 2017, is be­ing urged to stand by se­nior fig­ures.

One source said min­is­ters could raise the salary as high as £280,000 a year in a bid to se­cure Mr Os­borne’s sig­na­ture It was cut to £100,000 when Sir David Cle­menti was ap­pointed in 2016, and in­creased by £60,000 for the “3-4 days per week” job for a con­tract un­til 2025.

The role would in the­ory fit with Mr

Os­borne’s post at Black­rock where the fund man­ager was re­ported in 2017 to be pay­ing him £650,000 a year for one day a week.

Some gov­ern­ment sources, how­ever, down­played Mr Os­borne’s chances. He de­clined to com­ment and The Tele­graph un­der­stands he has not yet been ap­proached about the role.

Oth­ers ex­pected to ap­ply in­clude Sir Rob­bie Gibb, a for­mer No 10 head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Baroness Mor­gan, the for­mer Tory cul­ture sec­re­tary and Trevor Phillips, the for­mer equal­i­ties chief.

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