Osborne being lined up as BBC chairman
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.