David Dimbleby has revealed he is considering a bid to become the next chairman of the BBC after Sir David Clementi steps down in 2021.
The former Question Time host said he was ‘‘horrified’’ at the prospect of Charles Morre, the former editor of The Daily Telegraph, being appointed to the role.
The chair leads the BBC’s independent board, which sets the organisation’s overall direction and manages its performance.
Speaking with the BBC’s Newscast podcast, Dimbleby referred to the potential appointment as a ‘‘malign intervention’’.
Dimbleby said: ‘‘I still might apply depending on who comes forward. Boris Johnson, we know, wants to bring the BBC to heel. We don’t want a chairman who connives in that ambition.’’
A government spokesperson said: ‘‘We will launch the application process for the new chair of the BBC shortly. It is an open recruitment process and all public appointments are subject to a robust and fair selection criteria.’’