BBC Chairman resigns over Boris Johnson loan row

The Chairman of the BBC, Richard Sharp, has resigned after a report found he broke the rules by not disclosing the role he had in helping former prime minister Boris Johnson get an £800,000 loan.

The report, by Adam Heppinstall KC, found he had twice breached the code governing public appointments.

Story’s had surfaced last January that Mr Sharp had helped facilitate an £800,000 loan for Boris Johnson, just weeks before being appointed as BBC Chairman.

Mr Sharp “failed to disclose potential perceived conflicts of interest to the panel which interviewed candidates and advised ministers”, the barrister ruled which could have given the impression that he got the job after helping the prime minister with his financial situation.