British television executive Sameer Shah will be chosen by the government for the post of BBC chairman, according to today’s report in the Financial Times newspaper.

Shah, who is 71, is chief executive producer at the production company Juniper TV and previously worked at the BBC and London Weekend Televisiona franchise on the commercial network ITV.

The BBC is funded by a license fee from households with televisions and is politically independent, but its chairman is appointed by the government.

The BBC’s previous chairman, Richard Sharpe, resigned in April after an independent investigation found he had breached the rules on appointments to public office in relation to a million dollar loan to then prime minister Boris Johnson.

Following his resignation, the network’s board member, Elan Clos Stevens, acted as president.

The government declined to comment.