BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten has today announced that he will be standing down with immediate effect on health grounds following major heart surgery.
Vice Chairman Diane Coyle will take over as Acting Chairman until a successor is appointed.
“I have decided with great regret to step down from much the most demanding of my roles – that of Chairman of the BBC Trust,” said Lord Patten in a statement. “This is a position that requires and has received from me 100 per cent commitment, and has been my priority at all times. It would not be fair to my family to continue as before; and equally it would not be fair to the BBC and those it serves not to be able to give that commitment which the role demands. I have to begin by taking a six week break from any work at all.”
Lord Patten’s term as BBC Trust Chairman was due to end in April 2015. He took up the post in May 2011.
Lord Patten’s family has requested that their privacy is respected while he recovers.