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Davies controversially named chairman of BBC

Gavyn Davies has been named chairman of the BBC, the government said in a statement.The appointment of the Goldman Sachs economist, who has close links to Labour, was met with protests from opposition parties. Davies, already vice-chairman of the BBC, succeeds Christopher Bland, who is to take the chair at British Telecommunications.Other contenders included broadcaster David Dimbleby and Baroness Jay, former leader of the House of Lords.

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