Tony Hall, who was director of BBC news and current affairs, was in charge of an internal investigation in 1996 into the circumstances surrounding the interview. On Friday, a subsequent independent investigation into the interview found that Hall covered up “deceitful behaviour” of reporter Martin Bashir.
“I have today resigned as chair of the National Gallery,” Hall said in a statement. “I have always had a strong sense of public service and it is clear my continuing in the role would be a distraction to an institution I care deeply about. “As I said two days ago, I am very sorry for the events of 25 years ago and I believe leadership means taking responsibility.”