Rona Fairhead begins new role as chairwoman of the BBC Trust

Former head of the Financial Times Group, Rona Fairhead, has been officially confirmed as the new chairwoman of the BBC Trust.

Replacing Lord Patten, who quit in May after three years, she said she is "under no illusions about the significance and the enormity of the job" but is "excited" to have a chance to lead the BBC.

"The BBC is a great British institution packed with talented people, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to be the chairman of the BBC Trust," she said.

The 53-year-old becomes the first woman to chair the trust, which is the body in charge of overseeing the BBC, and will soon begin negotiations over the BBC's royal charter, which sets out the corporation's purposes and the way it is run. It is reviewed every 10 years, and the current charter runs until the end of 2016.

DTG Staff  |  10.10.2014

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