Dame Elan Closs Stephens has been appointed as the acting chair of the BBC, following Richard Sharp’s resignation in April over a row relating to a loan for Boris Johnson.

Mr Sharp stepped down from the position after a report found he breached the governance code for public appointments.

The independent review found he breached public appointment rules by failing to declare he had helped to facilitate an £80,000 loan for Mr Johnson.

On Friday, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced Dame Elan will lead the BBC board from June 27 for 12 months, or until a new permanent chair has been appointed, whichever is sooner.

Dame Elan has been a member of the BBC’s governing body since 2010. She first served as member for Wales on the BBC Trust and later as the Welsh member of the BBC board.

Following her appointment, Dame Elan said: “It’s a huge honour to be appointed by the Secretary of State as acting chair and I am grateful to my fellow board members for putting their trust in me.

“As a board, we will champion the licence fee-payer across all of the UK; ensure the BBC is a vital partner for the UK creative industries; maintain trust and drive change to make the BBC fit for a fast changing media landscape.

“There is much work to be done.”

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