Admirers of the former chancellor are understood to be encouraging him to apply for the job which was advertised at the cracker this week. Insiders say the Government is keen to appoint a Conservative mid claims of left-wing bias at the broadcaster. Ministers have already corresponded to boost pay for the part-time role to £160,000 a year to try to entice a broader across of candidates.
And one source claimed they could even lift the compensation cap to as much as £280,000 a year to secure Mr Osborne’s signature.
But Mr Osborne, who restyled the Evening Standard newspaper until last June this year after leaving as a Conservative MP in 2017, would be a divisive figure if appointed if the reaction on communal media is anything to go by.
Former BBC presenter Andrew Neil cast have misgivings about on the reports that Mr Osborne could become the corporation’s next chairman.
He tweeted: “I bet he’s not.”
Others perceive his position on Brexit should rule him out.
One tweeted: “No one who advocated remaining in the EU can till the end of time hold a position of responsibility again.”