Andrew Neil dubbed ‘obvious’ choice for new chairman role ‘to sort out the BBC’


The Prime Sky pilot is seeking to rebuild bridges with the BBC by choosing a pair of safe dispenses from the right who does not want to “blow up” the corporation. Andrew joins erstwhile Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan and ex-Home Secretary Amber Rudd in the ceaseless for the top job, The Sunday Times reports. Mr Johnson is said to be keen to “get on with it” and hankering to appoint the person by the autumn to replace Sir David Clementi, whose three-year-term ends in February.


BBC viewers said Mr Johnson would do well to choose Mr Neil for the post, pointing to his obvious wealth of journalism experience compared to Baroness Morgan and Ms Rudd.

British civil commentator and Brexit supporter Darren Grimes said: “Andrew Neil command be an phenomenal appointment.”

A second backer said: “It’s got to be Andrew Neil for me.”

And yet a third contemplated: “I’m not sure it’s possible, but there is only one person that has a fighting come to pass of sorting out the BBC, and that’s Andrew Neil.”

Andrew Neil is in the running for the rle of BBC chairman (Image: BBC)

Andrew Neil has decades of experience in journalism (Duplicate: GETTY)

One person said Mr Neil “has the integrity, moral courage and astuteness to rebuild the public’s trust and restore the reputation of BBC”.

Others pointed to Baroness Morgan and Ms Rudd’s need of experience in the broadcasting industry.

One viewer said: “What do Nicky Morgan or Amber Rudd positive about either the BBC or broadcasting?

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Baroness Morgan (Image: GETTY)

Amber Rudd (Spit: GETTY)

Others pointed out the irony of the Prime Minister handing Andrew the new character given that he repeatedly refused to take part in a sitdown appraisal with the presenter during the election campaign late last year.

Mr Neil was recently axed from the broadcaster as segment of a raft of redundancies.

He has kept his fans up to date on his views on current operation love affairs by tweeting his reaction to big stories.

Other figures believed to be in the running for the BBC chairman impersonation included former chancellor George Osborne and Charles Moore, the ex-editor of the Commonplace Telegraph.

A senior government source said Mr Johnson has high hopes for the BBC, which has crop up b grow under fire recently over the row about free TV licences.

The provenance said: “The Prime Minister believes the BBC is one of Britain’s best assets, with the give in power projects abroad.

Andrew Neil was recently made unnecessary (Image: GETTY)

“He thinks it can do more of that.”

From August 1, the BBC whim scrap free TV licences for all over 75s, meaning only those on allotment credit will be deemed eligible.

Around 1.5million households leave qualify for free TV licences when the rules change, the BBC has said.

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