BBC Chair

Samir Shah – the new man in the hot seat at the BBC

Samir Shah sits close to the camera in an office room

Shah may not be the most politically well-connected of BBC Chairs or have the experience of running a large-scale organisation, but his broadcasting and television credentials are impeccable.

He is also the organisation’s first Chair of colour and, whereas recent BBC leaders such as Gavyn Davies, David Clementi and Richard Sharp all had successful careers in the City before being given the BBC job, the new Chair’s background is steeped in television journalism.