Chris Patten is expected to be named BBC Trust chairman.
His pitch to win the job of BBC Trust chairman was simple — give me the job and I will stand up to both the government of the day and the organisation itself, if necessary.
Now Patten’s name sits with David Cameron for approval having been put forward by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Insiders said that the prime minister’s consent was expected to be a formality.
Patten’s closest rival was Sir Richard Lambert, the former director general of the CBI and one-time editor of the Financial Times. Other candidates were Dame Patricia Hodgson, the principal of Newnham College, Cambridge; Richard Hooper, a former chairman of the Radio Authority; and Anthony Fry, the investment banker.