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Conservative Minister Andrew Mitchell has said the dispute over links between BBC chairman Richard Sharpe and Boris Johnson is a matter for the broadcasters.
A parliamentary report released Sunday morning said Mr Sharpe, after being accused of failing to disclose that he was involved in the arrangement, said that “his omissions have caused him, the BBC and civil servants We need to consider the impact on confidence in the appointment process,” said Loan, when Mr Johnson was applying for the BBC chairmanship.
Critics have suggested that Mr Sharp’s position is “untenable” in the wake of the report, but Secretary of State for Development and Africa Mitchell said it was important not to “judgment too quickly”.
he told Sky’s sophie ridge on sunday Show: ‘This is really a BBC issue right now.
Mitchell noted that two investigations are ongoing. One represents the oversight body of civil servants, as well as internal investigations into conflicts of interest when Mr Sharpe worked for his BBC.
“There should be no hasty decision as to whether this process should end, and ultimately the BBC, chaired by him, will make the final decision.
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Commission, overseen by Acting Chairman Damien Green, said on Sunday that Sharp “failed to apply” standards of “candor and candor” by hiding the nature of his engagement with Johnson. released a report stating Before being appointed to the BBC line, I was interviewed by a committee.
The Commission said the BBC chairman should “consider the impact of his omission on confidence in the station” and that his actions “undermined confidence in the process of appointment of civil servants and that qualified individuals could It may discourage people from applying for such posts.”
Mr Sharp, a former Goldman Sachs banker, insisted he did not arrange the loan, but introduced Mr Johnson’s cousin and friend Sam Bryce to Chief Cabinet Secretary Simon Case. A former prime minister has admitted to securing £800,000 in loans. .
The former banker also admitted that he separately “went to Mr Johnson and told him that he wanted to apply for the position of chairman of the BBC,” which was appointed on the advice of the government.
In its report, the parliamentary committee was also highly critical of the government’s defense that its members approved Mr Sharp’s appointment despite the fact that they were not aware of the situation at the time. It was a target.
“The fact that the ministers cited this committee’s first report on the appointment of Mr. Sharpe as a defense of the process .. fully all the facts that we should have had before us to make a judgment. When I hadn’t figured it out… I’m very unsatisfied,” said the member of parliament.
And in a meeting with Sky’s Sophy Ridge, Labor’s Shadow Leveling Up secretary, Lisa Nandi, said Sharp’s position was “increasingly untenable” after the report was published.
“The government has relied on the justification that the Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport approved the appointment, but the committee today said that if it had actually known about this, things would have been very different. I’m saying,” she said.
“This information was not disclosed to them prior to approving their appointment.”
She added that details of Johnson’s relationship with Sharpe “seem increasingly vague” following the MP’s findings.
“This is something that has far broader implications for society as a whole, as the BBC is a national treasure. If the BBC continues to fall into a darker and darker place and reports of conservative neglect and corruption continue, it will be very serious. That’s it,” Nandi continued.