The report on the independent investigation into Sharp’s election process was released after allegations that he “arranged a guarantor for former British Prime Minister Johnson to get an 800,000 pound loan”.
Sharp resigned after the report found that he had violated the rules regarding public appointments by not disclosing potential conflicts of interest during the election process.
Although the report stated that the breach did not necessarily invalidate an appointment, Sharp said he had “concluded that his mandate is no longer unsustainable and resigned to put the interests of the BBC first”.
BBC Executive Board chairpersons appointed by the government
An investigation was launched against Sharp in January following allegations that Sharp, who was appointed as BBC Chairman in February 2021, provided a loan of approximately 800,000 pounds for former Prime Minister Johnson.
The Sunday Times alleged that government-appointed Sharp had recommended multimillionaire Canadian businessman Sam Blyth to vouch for Johnson’s loan application in late 2020.