BORIS Johnson has parachuted a multi-millionaire Tory donor into a top job at the BBC.
The 64-year-old – who used to be Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s boss at Goldman Sachs – will replace Sir David Clementi in the £160,000-a-year role.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly signed off the selection.
Sharp, who is said to be worth at least £100million, has been working as an adviser to Sunak (below) through the coronavirus pandemic, overseeing the Treasury’s economic rescue package. He previously worked for Johnson during his time as Mayor of London.
He entered the race for the role earlier this year after former Chancellor George Osborne ruled himself out of the job.
According to reports earlier this year in The Telegraph Sharp was a favourite of the Prime Minister, who wants to stop what he believes is a growing left-wing bias at the corporation.
The role involves maintaining the broadcaster’s independence and overseeing the function of the organisation.
The new chairman will work closely with Tim Davie, the former BBC Studios boss who took over as director-general just four months ago.
Sharp also chaired the Royal Academy of Arts Trust for several years and founded Kyra, a Gen-Z YouTube channel.
He has historically been a donor to the Conservative Party, with The Telegraph claiming he’d given the party “hundreds of thousands of pounds”.
Although one ally of the new BBC chair told Sky News he had given just £2500 to it in the last decade.
He is not thought to be a member of the Conservatives or any other party.