Lord Patten’s Busy Weekend

Spare a thought for Chris Patten. Not only does the chairman of the BBC Trust have to deal with an avalanche of letters, complaints, at least one inquiry and interest from the police this weekend, he also has a grand total of twelve other jobs to do.

Patten is a board member of energy giant BP, as well as working as a non-executive director for recruitment firm Russell Reynolds Associates. On top of that he is the chancellor of Oxford University, an adviser to a major telecoms company, a private equity group and EDF energy. He also has unpaid jobs in Japan, Italy, Turkey and the Hague. Is it really appropriate for a man who trousers £110,000 of licence fee payers’ money to have a dozen other jobs, especially at a time like this?

Guido hears that Patten and other senior BBC figures will come under increasing pressure over the weekend. Watch this space…




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