Richard Sharp’s resignation in depth: the taint of Boris Johnson

Influence: Richard Sharp (left) and Boris Johnson.

Here’s an aspect to Richard Sharp’s resignation as BBC Chairman that needs to be more thoroughly examined: his relationship with Boris Johnson and what that former prime minister wanted from the media.

This aspect was explored by James O’Brien on LBC:

The assumption is that Boris Johnson wasn’t happy that the right-wing of politics controls 90 per cent of the media and wanted to put his people in charge of organisations including Ofcom and the BBC, to ensure even more right-wing media dominance.

It suggests that Johnson failed with Ofcom but succeeded with the BBC.

Now take a look at the way the BBC’s Ros Atkins examines the Sharp case:

Again, Johnson is mentioned – but his intention in appointing Sharp is glossed-over. The report comes across as fence-sitting.

Is this an aspect of Sharp’s Tory influence?

If that is even possible, is it right that Sharp remains in post until June, while a new BBC chairperson is interviewed, vetted and appointed?

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