LONDON (Diya TV) — India-born media executive Dr. Samir Shah was officially confirmed as the new BBC chairman on Thursday, following the successful clearance of his selection stages and approval by King Charles III earlier in the week.

Shah, with over 40 years of experience in UK broadcasting, emerged as the government’s preferred candidate in December last year. His nomination underwent thorough scrutiny by cross-party MPs of the House of Commons Media Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee before receiving final approval.

The 72-year-old Shah will now assume the role, with an annual salary of £160,000 and a four-year term, becoming the first Indian-origin Chair of the public broadcaster starting from March 4 until March 2028.

UK Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer, in announcing Shah’s selection, highlighted his extensive career in TV production and journalism. She expressed confidence in Shah’s vision to navigate the BBC through a rapidly evolving media landscape, emphasizing his commitment to supporting and scrutinizing the broadcaster to meet future challenges and opportunities effectively.

Dr. Samir Shah’s professional journey spans more than four decades in broadcasting. Prior to his appointment as BBC Chair, he served as the CEO of Juniper, an independent television and radio production company, since 1998. Shah’s tenure also includes significant roles such as head of current affairs and political programs at the BBC.

His contributions to journalism and broadcasting have been recognized with prestigious honors, including being elected a Fellow of the Royal Television Society in 2002 and receiving a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to Television and Heritage in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Shah’s appointment as Chair underscores his deep-rooted commitment to public service broadcasting and promoting diversity in the media landscape. With his wealth of experience and dedication, Shah is poised to lead the BBC board in upholding its independence, making decisions in the public interest, and ensuring the broadcaster’s continued relevance in an increasingly competitive market.

As Dr. Samir Shah embarks on this new chapter, his leadership promises to steer the BBC towards fulfilling its vital role in British life and serving diverse communities across the UK.