Boris Johnson was told to stop asking Richard Sharp for "advice" about his "personal financial matters" just days before he was announced as the new BBC chairman.
Why it matters
The event is significant because it raises questions about the relationship between the Prime Minister and the BBC chairman, and whether there was a conflict of interest. It also adds to the ongoing scrutiny of the Prime Minister's financial dealings.
What the papers say
The Independent, Sky News, BBC News, The Mirror
How we got here
Richard Sharp's appointment as BBC chairman has been under review following reports that he helped Boris Johnson secure a loan before getting his job. Officials have declined to comment. Both men deny any wrongdoing. The Sunday Times has reported that Mr Sharp introduced Sam Blyth to Cabinet Secretary Simon Case to discuss whether Mr Blyth, a distant cousin of Mr Johnson whom Mr Sharp has known for more than 40 years, could act as a guarantor for a loan facility for the prime minister.
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Richard Simon Sharp is the current Chairman of the BBC, a role he has held since February 2021. A former banker, he worked at JP Morgan for eight years, and then for 23 years at Goldman Sachs.
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson Hon FRIBA is a British politician, writer, and former journalist serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2019.
The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. Headquartered at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London, it is the world's oldest national broadcaster, and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees.
Simon Case CVO is a British civil servant who is serving as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service since 9 September 2020, succeeding Sir Mark Sedwill.
Anneliese Jane Dodds is a British Labour and Co-operative politician serving as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer since 2020. She has been Member of Parliament for Oxford East since 2017 and was a Member of the European Parliament for South East England