Former Sony boss joins restructuring BBC

stringerFormer Sony chief executive Sir Howard Stringer is to become part of a bolstered group of BBC non-executive directors following the pay-offs debacle last year.

Director General Tony Hall is also expected to reveal that he is expanding the number of BBC non-executives from four to six to help deliver more accountability for licence fee payers.

Meanwhile the BBC is to eliminate more than half of its internal committees, as it seeks to end the muddled decision-making that characterised recent scandals. About 36 of the BBC’s 56 management boards – including the director-general’s finance committee – will be culled. Decisions will instead be taken by the executive board, the body in charge of running the BBC.

The BBC spends £3.8 billion (€4.4bn) a year of licence money.

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