Calls for the resignation of BBC Chairman Richard Sharp have intensified amid concerns of his impartiality following the removal of Gary Lineker from the Match of the Day.
There are also questions over Sharp's role in getting an £800,000 loan for Boris Johnson, which he failed to declare during his appointment as BBC Chairman.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak declined to give his backing to Sharp and instead emphasized his appointment was made by his predecessor Boris Johnson.
Richard Sharp, Chairman of BBC, faces an unprecedented crisis at the corporation, as calls from opposition parties and senior media figures grow for his resignation.
His impartiality has been called into question after the removal of Gary Lineker, the host of Match of the Day, which Sharp's close ties to the government have amplified.
Roger Bolton, a former senior executive at the BBC, is among those calling for Sharp to resign, stating that the Chairman was compromised by the investigation into his role in facilitating an £800k loan for Boris Johnson when he was at No 10.
However, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has declined to support Sharp, pointing out that his appointment was made by his predecessor, Boris Johnson.
The circumstances surrounding Sharp's appointment are being looked into by the appointments commissioner.
In addition, the BBC has clarified that it is for ministers to remove the officeholder.