BBC Trust Chairman Chris Patten is stepping down from the job. The BBC reports that Patten, who will turn 70 next week, is making the move for health reasons following major heart surgery.
“Appointed in 2011, he had a turbulent tenure, including the Savile crisis and the row over senior staff pay-offs,” the piece adds, referring to the child sex abuse scandal centered around longtime BBC TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
Patten said he had been hospitalized with chest pains on April 27, and had heart surgery the next day, with doctors advising him that he couldn’t continue to work at the same pace.
"On this basis I have decided with great regret to step down from much the most demanding of my roles — that of chairman of the BBC Trust," he said. "This is a position that requires and has received from me 100% commitment and has been my priority at all times."