His hasty move left a hole which as a political appointee was bound to fall to a Tory friend at this time and as required by David Cameron the person filling the role needed to be of the female variety (although Lord Coe had been spoken of).
The story out there now is that Rona Fairhead will be rubber stamped as the new Chair - she's the wife of a former Tory Councilor (Tom Fairhead) and certainly doesn't seem to need the £110,000 salary the part time job pays as she recently received a nice 'little' compensatory payment from Pearson for being passed over for the job of Chief Executive there.
It'll be interesting to see how she responds to anticipated questioning by the MPs media and sport select committee over things like HSBC's US money-laundering accusations (she was a non-exec director there), there's also speculation that the BBC might have some or all of the trust Function moved to OFCOM in the future.
The main job facing her should she be confirmed in ensuring independence and adequate funding (as for all BBC chair-people).
This Picture shows scaffolders (5 of them) presumably untroubled by too much in the way of hard hats and harnesses working in Ealing.
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