The president of the BBC resigned for his involvement in a loan of almost a million dollars to Boris Johnson

A screen inside the BBC headquarters broadcasts a statement from Richard Sharp following his resignation, in London, Britain April 28, 2023. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls (HENRY NICHOLLS/)

He president from the British audiovisual group BBC, Richard Sharpannounced this Friday his resignationcornered by a conflict of interest surrounding his appointment.

A report published on Friday found that Sharp, a former banker who took over the BBC job in 2021, he broke the rules by failing to state that he had helped then Prime Minister Boris Johnson obtain an £800,000 loan (about $996,000).

Sharp was soon after named head of the public group. His effective resignation will take place at the end of June.

The report “concludes that I breached the governance code for public appointments”, but that this breach “does not necessarily invalidate the appointment”, Sharp explained in the statement where he announced his resignation.

In the independent report prepared by the lawyer adam heppinstall known today, it is recommended to undertake “a review of the current rules on conflict of interest (…) that includes a new section that addresses the relationships and interactions between candidates and ministerial appointmentsand how confidential or sensitive matters could be made public.”

BBC headquarters in London, Britain April 28, 2023. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
BBC headquarters in London, Britain April 28, 2023. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls (HENRY NICHOLLS/)

Although he claims to have “unintentionally” violated the rules, Sharp expressed his willingness to put “the interests of the BBC” since he considers that the case could become a “distraction” from the “good work” of the audiovisual giant.

Sharp, Johnson and the Executive denied that there was a conflict of interest. He Labor Party From the beginning of the conflict, he demanded an investigation and the resignation of all those involved, in addition to parliamentary monitoring.

The Minister of Culture, Lucy FraserHe said he “understands and respects” his decision and in a letter he thanked him for his work as president of the BBC.

(With information from AFP and AP)

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