The BPI confirmed this morning that its chairman, Tony Wadsworth, will step down by the end of the year. The exact date hasn’t been confirmed, and will depend on identifying a suitable succession plan. Wadsworth has been linked in recent weeks with a senior position at Sony Music UK, although those rumours had been rubbished by sources close to him with the pithy response: “He’s been there, done it and bought the T-shirt from the merch stall.” So why is he leaving the BPI? “In recent years since leaving EMI, in addition to my BPI activities, I have enjoyed getting involved in several new ventures, commercial and non-commercial, but all music related.  By relinquishing my duties at the BPI, I hope to make more time available to focus on these and selectively add to the portfolio,” said Wadsworth.

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