United Kingdom govt offers BBC critics top posts at BBC, Ofcom

Lawrence Kim
September 29, 2020

The Sunday Times has reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered Charles Moore, his former editor at the Daily Telegraph, the job as next BBC chairman - before the position was even advertised.

The Sunday Times reported former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre is the prime minister's choice to become chairman of Ofcom, which oversees both commercial broadcasting and regulatory areas of the BBC, while Lord Moore, the former editor of the Daily Telegraph, has been asked to be chairman of the BBC. He emphasized that "everyone is getting a little bit ahead of themselves" and that the government would shortly be starting the recruitment process for both roles.

"I'm not going to get drawn into conversations about each of the candidates, clearly there are strengths to both", Dowden told Sky News.

Dowden's remarks came after the United Kingdom weekend papers were filled with speculation over who will lead the British Broadcasting Corp. and Ofcom.

Charles Moore and Paul Dacre have reportedly been identified as the UK Conservative government's picks to be chairman of the BBC and Ofcom respectively.

But Labour criticised the government following the reports of the pair's pending appointments.

Shadow culture secretary Jo Stevens said: "The whole idea of announcing appointments before a process has actually taken place is a bit unusual". "They should be impartial, and specifically trailing these appointments is quite worrying". He insisted that the government wanted "strong, credible people" to "hold the BBC to account" as well as broadcast regulator Ofcom.

He said the next chairman must enforce "genuine impartiality" at the BBC, keep up with "enormous technological changes" and "ensure the BBC represents the whole of the United Kingdom, not just a narrow metropolitan outlook".

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