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Committee Chair comments on Ofcom Chair appointments process

28 May 2021

DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight has issued the comment on the appointments process for the next Chair of Ofcom.

DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP said:

“We are concerned about the lack of clarity on why the process to appoint a new Chair of Ofcom needs to be re-run.

“In this situation, we would expect that previous candidates for the post would not need to re-apply and we will be seeking reassurance from the DCMS Secretary of State that this is the case.

“This is not the first occasion on which this Committee has raised concerns about the appointments process within the remit of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

“As a result of this unnecessary delay, the communications regulator finds itself without a Chair at what could not be a more critical time as the Government prepares to legislate against online harms.”

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