Richard Sharp

Richard Sharp discusses the danger of disinformation in the media

Richard Sharp (Credit: Richard Kendal)

In an age driven by social media, where, “for most people, affirmation is more satisfying than information”, the BBC’s ability to provide free access to accurate, impartial news is essential to combating the harmful effects of fake news. 

That was the core of ex-Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp’s argument in favour of impartial public service news as he gave his first RTS speech as BBC Chair since being appointed in February. 

New BBC Chair Richard Sharp navigates the broadcaster through challenging times

There is already something of a buzz around Richard Sharp, the new BBC Chair, and about what he and Director-­General Tim Davie might achieve together as they navigate the corporation towards what we all hope is a post-Covid world.

Inevitably, not everyone at the BBC was pleased that another money man was chosen as successor to Sir David Clementi – himself a former deputy governor of the Bank of England. But many across the TV sector were relieved that a more controversial candidate was not appointed.