Patten's BBC Trust role approved
The appointment of former Hong Kong governor Lord Patten as the chairman of the BBC Trust has been approved by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
Lord Patten addressed the committee in a pre-appointment hearing on Friday and is the Government's preferred candidate to replace Sir Michael Lyons whose term ends on April 30.
The committee's report will be published on Sunday and is expected to recommend Lord Patten gives up some more outside interests before taking up the job.
Lord Patten told the committee he had given up several jobs already including positions on the Global Leadership Foundation, the International Crisis Group and Medical Aid to Palestine to make time for the role but he would remain on the Advisory Board of BP and chancellor of the University of Oxford.
When he announced he was leaving the position last year, Sir Michael said the growing workload for the part-time position had made him "increasingly concerned" that it was squeezing out other demands on his time.
In his letter, he said the post "has been far more demanding than the nominal three to four days a week in the job specification".
During the committee hearing, Labour MP Tom Watson told Lord Patten "I think you're keeping too much on, I think you're a busy guy".
Lord Patten, who said he was a fan of BBC4 and BBC2 television as well as Radio 3 and Radio 4, admitted to having high-brow tastes.
He said: "That is who I am. I'm 66, I'm white and I'm reasonably well-educated."
Asked when he had last watched EastEnders, he said: "I should think even longer ago then I last had a McDonald's."