Ofcom boss throws hat in the ring for BBC Director General post
Editor ©RapidTVNews | 29-05-2012
Gamekeeper may actually become poacher as the CEO of UK broadcasting and telecoms regulator Ofcom, Ed Richards, has announced his official candidature for the forthcoming vacancy as BBC Director General.
Current DG Mark Thompson announced in March 2012 that his eight-year stint as DG would come to an end sometime in the third quarter of the year feeling it appropriate to hand over to a successor and once the London Olympics had run their course.
While no clear outstanding replacement has existed since this declaration, Richard has always been one of the front runners for what is considered the most important job in UK broadcasting.
In a statement announcing Richards’s ambition, Ofcom said that given the significant level of speculation surrounding potential applicants for the BBC Director General role, it was necessary to state clearly that its CEO had indeed made an application.
It added that what it called “robust procedures”, agreed by the Ofcom Chairman and its board of directors, have been put in place to prevent any conflict of interest and confirmed that Richards had already stepped aside from all discussions and communication at all levels on matters where the BBC may have an interest. This includes Board meetings, executive meetings and policy discussions, both formal and informal.