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Rona Fairhead to stand down as BBC Chair

BBC chair Rona Fairhead is to stand down after four months after being told she would need to reapply for the job.

Rona was appointed Chair of the BBC by David Cameron but now PM Theresa May wants to reopen the appointment process.

In a statement to the Financial Times, Rona Fairhead said: “I took on leadership of the trust to help stabilise, strengthen and develop the BBC following a very difficult period in its history and through charter review. I am proud of what I and my colleagues, both at the trust and the BBC, have accomplished during the past two years.

“The prime minister strongly encouraged me to take part in the new appointment process, for what would be a new four-year term as BBC chairman. However, after much thought I have come to the conclusion that I should not do so. It is my belief that it will be better to have a clean break and for the government to appoint someone new.”

Following Rona Fairhead’s announcement, Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, said: “Rona has made a real contribution to the BBC and at a really important time for us. On behalf of all the staff, I’d like to thank her for that and wish her the very best for the future.

“We will continue to work together in the interests of licence fee payers until the new governance arrangements are in place.”

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