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Lyons tipped to become new BBC chairman

Sir Michael Lyons, who last week published his report on Council Tax, is on the shortlist to become the new chairman of the BBC.

The corporation’s supervisory and regulatory body, the BBC Trust, has been without a chairman since Michael Grade left for ITV before Christmas.

An anonymous trust member confirmed that Sir Michael, an ally of chancellor Gordon Brown, has been shortlisted for the position.

Sir Michael is chairman of the English Cities Fund and the City Of Birmingham Orchestra and works in the office of the Prime Minister.

Chris Powell, chairman of left-wing think-tank the Institute of Public Policy Research is also rumoured to be in the running for the post.


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As much as I enjoy reading and contributing to the letters pages of Mortgage Strategy, I must take you to task on your abject failure to take into account the environmental implications of the section. The often self-righteous posturings of certain regular contributors has resulted in the enlargement of the pages’ carbon footprint. At the […]

GMAC-RFC’s Partners programme turns over £3.3bn

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NatWest International joins AIPP

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My point about employed self-cert was misunderstood

Andrew Gerber’s letter (Mortgage Strategy March 19) is the kind of sulky response I’d expect from a lender that does not understand the point I was trying to make regarding employed self-cert mortgages. I believe self-cert mortgages have a valuable role to play in the self-employed market where declared income is purposely reduced to legally […]

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Generation Rent

By Denise Wond, Marketing Relationship Manager, Royal London We’ve heard a great deal about Generation Rent in recent years but what does it actually mean for consumers and advisers and has the face of the typical renter changed? The picture is certainly more diverse than it used to be Homeownership has fallen to 64 per […]


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