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Diane Coyle appointed vice chairman of the BBC Trust

Former Independent journalist, Diane Coyle, to work on setting BBC strategy and budgets

Journalist and economist Diane Coyle has been appointed as the new vice chairman of the BBC Trust.

She will work alongside former Hong Kong governor and Cabinet minister Lord Patten, who will replace Sir Michael Lyons as chairman when his term ends on April 30.

The trust operates as the voice of the licence fee-payer, setting BBC strategy and top-level budgets and appointing the director-general.

It plays no part in the day-to-day production of programmes, but oversees standards and hears appeals over complaints to the broadcaster.

Coyle, who is a serving member of the trust, was economics editor at the Independent newspaper and is married to BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.

Read more at Press Gazette