Ofcom king Ed Richards seeks BBC throne
From regulator to regulated in one easy move
Ofcom's chief executive Ed Richards has applied for the job of BBC director general, so he will have to be excluded from conversations related to the national broadcaster from here on in.
Confirming the application yesterday, Ofcom insisted that "robust procedures" would prevent any conflict of interest, and that during the application process Mr Richards would be excluded from any meetings or conversations about the future of the BBC.
At least he'll know his way around the place, having worked at the BBC under John Birt last century, before becoming a policy advisor to Tony Blair. In that role he helped create Ofcom and joined the regulator as an inaugural senior partner in 2003. Since then worked his way up, a short flight of steps, to chief executive in 2006.
But now he's going to have to be excluded from much of the regulator's business, at least until the BBC Trust selects a new director from the various applications which (the The Guardian tells us) includes the existing COO Caroline Thomson and BBC news director Helen Boaden as well as the director of BBC Vision, George Entwistle, and Tim Davie – who currently heads up BBC Audio and Music. ®
Ofcom chief goes to BBC, BBC chief goes to ofcom.
No conflict of interest here at all, nosiree. It's our robust procedures, you see. Now please stop laughing and move along, there's really nothing to see here, nothing to worry about, nothing can go wrong. We really have it all firmly in hand. Really, please would sir please move along now? Are you having trouble standing up, sir? Sir?
That's right up there with "there will be a consultation/review" in terms of meaningless phrases that promise little and deliver less.
Re: The sooner he leaves Ofcom..
Au contraire - with his ability to "overlook things" he would fit in PERFECTLY with the BBC. Same political allegiance as most of the BBC senior staff too, no surprise given who appointed him to Ofcom mmm?
Doesn't really matter who gets the BBC job, nothing much will change - the BBC will get shittier in all respects and the senior staff will continue to fill their pockets at taxpayers expense.
Time the licence fee got scrapped.