The will need to establish a Board that places audiences at the heart of its decision-makingBBC spokesman Ms Fairhead surprise departure was announced in September after Theresa May reversed David Cameron’s decision to let her stay until 2018. In a statement, she said she did not want to put her name forward to chair the new governing body, which will come into existence in the New Year, and would instead be moving into the private sector. The new employee will join a number of staff and presenters at the BBC earning a six-figure salary. A spokesman for the BBC Trust confirmed it has nothing to do with setting the salary for the role. He said that it was completely normal for the Government to run the recruitment process.He added: “Our Charter consultation showed the public want a BBC that is bold, creative and above all independent. We welcome the start of the recruitment process for the new chair, who will need to establish a Board that places audiences at the heart of its decision-making.”The Department for Culture, Media and Sport declined to comment further on the recruitment process. The new BBC Board chair will receive less money than their predecessor, it was revealed as the Government launched the recruitment process. The successful candidate will be offered £100,000 per annum for “at least two to three days work”- £10,000-a-year less than former chair Rona Fairhead, who stepped down last month. They will be expected to have knowledge of broadcasting, as well as financial management and commercial media. It is understood the emphasis will be on ensuring the BBC stays independent from Government and politicians over the next four years. They will also focus on keeping audiences interested and “at the heart” of decision making. It comes after the BBC lost The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4 earlier this year. Previously, the head of the BBC Trust, the governing body being replaced by the board, has received £110,000 for three to four days work a week, as well as having their expenses reimbursed.The salary is set by the Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, currently Karen Bradley, and chairs have included Lord Patten and Sir Michael Lyons. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.