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Ipswich Town man gets top TV job

PUBLISHED: 20:11 11 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Town director and former Conservative Chief Whip Lord Ryder is to be named vice chairman of the BBC, it emerged today.

He is due to be confirmed in the post later today in a bid to end the row over political "bias" at the top of the Corporation.

IPSWICH Town director and former Conservative Chief Whip Lord Ryder is to be named vice chairman of the BBC, it emerged today.

He is due to be confirmed in the post later today in a bid to end the row over political "bias" at the top of the Corporation.

It follows Tory criticism over the appointment of Gavyn Davies as BBC chairman when fellow Labour supporter Greg Dyke was already Director-General.

Mr Davies previously held the post now expected to be filled by Lord Ryder, who was chief whip in the Commons under John Major between 1990 and 1995.

He retired from the House of Commons in 1997 – he was MP for Mid-Norfolk – and joined the board at Portman Road in 1999.

The Conservative Party was particularly concerned that the chairman's wife Sue Nye is a senior aide to Chancellor Gordon Brown.

Both Mr Davies and Mr Dyke have been substantial Labour donors in the past although they have severed party links since joining the Corporation.

BBC sources have stressed that Lord Ryder — like Mr Davies — was appointed by an independent panel set up under the "Nolan rules' aiming to provide open and honest government.


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