Former Chronicle ed Hastings is on new BBC Trust

Journalists Alison Hastings and Richard Tait have been named as members of the new BBC Trust – which replaces the board of governors from 1 January, 2007.

They will pick up pay cheques of £40,000 and £35,000 a year respectively for the two-day a week jobs.

Former economics editor of the Independent Diane Coyle, now an economic consultant and member of the competition commission, is also on the trust. She is married to BBC journalist Rory Cellan-Jones.

Another trust member from the world of the media is David Liddiment, who was director of programmes at ITV from 1997 to 2002.

Hastings edited the Newcastle Evening Chronicle from 1996 to 2002 and in recent years has been a media consultant and Press Gazette columnist.She lives with her partner David Fleming in Birkenhead and they have five children.

Richard Tait is already a member of the board of governers and was editor-in-chief of ITN from 1995 to 2002 and editor of Channel 4 News from 1987 to 1995. He is currently professor of journalism at Cardiff University.

BBC chairman Michael Grade said: "The new BBC Trust has a very different role from that of the Board of Governors it replaces.

“The new Charter requires that the Trust is independent of BBC management representing the interests of licence fee payers.

"We must consult the public to ensure our decisions are properly informed by those who pay for the BBC.

"The Trust will recognise that every licence fee payer also has an interest in the wider choice offered across the industry.

"One of our first tasks as Trustees will be to consult the public about the priorities we should set BBC management to meet the 'Six Public Purposes' laid out in the new Charter.”

Hastings is to be trust member for England and Richard Tait is a general trust member.

The other members of the trust are:

Chairman, Michael Grade.

Vice chairman, Dr Chitra Bharucha, a member of the General Medical Council.

General member, Dermot Gleeson, a BBC governor since 2000 and deputy chairman of the BBC pension scheme trustees.

General member, Dame Patricia Hodgson, principal of Newnham College Cambridge and a Governor of the Welcome Trust. She has previously worked as a producer and journalist.

Trustee for Northern Ireland, Rotha Johnston, who is described as an entrepreneur in commerce and property.

Trustee for Wales, Janet Lewis-Jones, who is vice president of the British Board of Film Classification.

General member, Mehmuda Mian Pritchard, who is a commissioner of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Trustee for Scotland, Jeremy Peat, national BBC governor for Scotland since January 2005 and chairman of the BBC pension trustees.

Pay rates for the post are £140,000 for chairman, £70,000 for vice chairman, £40,000 for national trustees and £35,000 for general trustees.


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