BBC chairman asks for review into his hiring after claims he was involved in Boris Johnson securing loan

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(PA)BBC Chairman Richard Sharp on Monday asked the broadcaster’s nominations committee to look into his appointment as questions grew over his involvement in an £800,000 loan for Boris Johnson when he was Prime Minister. In an email to all BBC staff on Monday morning, Mr Sharp said he wanted to ensure “all the appropriate guidelines have been followed” and asked the BBC board to review any potential conflicts of interest. The newspaper claimed Mr Blyth raised the idea of underwriting the facility with Mr Sharp who then brought the suggestion to Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary. That’s the challenge he’s going to have now.”A spokesperson for Mr Johnson said: “Mr Johnson did indeed have dinner with Mr Sharp, whom he has known for almost 20 years, and with his cousin. Big deal.”Asked about the storm this morning, Sky News reported that Mr Johnson described the claims about Mr Sharp as “absolute nonsense” adding: “Richard Sharp knows absolutely nothing about my finances.”
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