BBC Chairman Plans to Step Down in 2015

4:45 AM PST 07/16/2013 by Georg Szalai
BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten

Chris Patten, a former governor of Hong Kong, says he has "no present intention of seeking a second term" as head of the BBC Trust, but will decide when his current one ends.

LONDON -- Embattled BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten said on Tuesday that he doesn't plan to seek a second term after his current one ends in 2015.

"I have no present intention of seeking a second term," the BBC quoted the head of its governing body as saying as part of the U.K. public broadcaster's presentation of its annual report.

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Patten, who served as governor of Hong Kong before its handover to China, has been criticized for the broadcaster's handling of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal and higher-than-promised severance payouts for former top executives. He has highlighted that the BBC Trust has no powers over severance. 

Patten was appointed as chairman of the BBC Trust in 2011 for a four-year term.

"It's not ideal because 2015 is likely to be a general election year, and the run-up to [the BBC's] charter renewal and new license fee negotiations," the Guardian quoted him as saying. "If anybody were to decide that a few more weeks and months would be helpful to them, then I would consider that."

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Patten highlighted that he will be 71 by the end of his term and signaled an interest in writing books, although not about his experience at the BBC.

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