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Former Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp to be next BBC chairman

Sharp has been unpaid adviser to Rishi Sunak on coronavirus economic response

An adviser to Rishi Sunak and former Goldman Sachs banker is set to be installed as the new chairman of the BBC, stepping into a key role at the top of the corporation as it faces a series of critical debates on its future.

Richard Sharp, who has also held a series of roles within the arts establishment and was an adviser to Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London, had been considered the frontrunner for the £180,000 a year post. His appointment is expected to be announced on Thursday.

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