Tony Wadsworth will continue to serve as chairman of the BPI despite his recent departure from EMI Music.

Wadsworth's role with the labels body has been in doubt since he left his role as chairman/CEO of EMI Music U.K. and Ireland in early January.

But the BPI confirmed today that the British executive was staying put. "Tony has been an outstanding chairman for the BPI and both Mike (Batt, BPI vice chairman) and I have enjoyed working with him immensely," comments BPI CEO Geoff Taylor. "Our three-way team has put in place an ambitious agenda for 2008 and beyond, and I'm delighted that Tony is able to continue."

Wadsworth took the part-time BPI role with effect from March 1, 2007, as part of a restructuring which accompanied Taylor's recruitment from the IFPI and appointment as CEO.

Batt, founder/director of U.K.-based indie Dramatico Entertainment, was appointed to his non-executive BPI role last March.