Monday, October 17, 2016

Happier days

Something a little poignant in the latest minutes of the BBC Trust.

Theresa May became Prime Minister on 13th July; the Trust was meeting six days later. In the Chair was Rona Fairhead, but she stood aside from one item  "having regard to her role as Chairman-designate of the new BBC Board". Then she informed the Trustees she "would be meeting Karen Bradley, the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, later that day."

That seems to have happened faster than anticipated: by item eight, she had to leave for her appointment, leaving the meeting in the hands of Vice-Chair Sir Roger Carr.

Three months later, Theresa and Karen had done for Rona's hopes of making it from Chairman-designate.
  • Regular readers will be intrigued to note this minute: "Suzanna Taverne, Chairman of the Services Committee, said the committee had received an update from the Executive on the BBC’s joint venture between BBC America and AMC."  There is no more.

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