World Dacre, Moore Have Strengths for U.K. Media Roles, Dowden Says

16:16  27 september  2020
16:16  27 september  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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(Bloomberg) -- U.K. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said both former Daily Telegraph Editor Charles Moore and former Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre have their strengths as he prepares to recruit key chiefs for the BBC and the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom.

Dowden’s remarks came after the U.K. weekend papers were filled with speculation over who will lead the British Broadcasting Corp. and Ofcom. The Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Observer and Mail on Sunday all reported that Dacre is Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s favored candidate for Ofcom, with Moore tipped for the BBC job.

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The PM held drinks in No10 with Dacre in February and is now in talks over the role , it has been reported. The application processes for both roles are expected to open shortly. A government spokesman last night said : “We will launch the application process for the new chair of the BBC shortly.

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Charles Moore wearing a suit and tie: Funeral Mass In London For Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor © Photographer: Leon Neal/Getty Images Europe Funeral Mass In London For Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

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

Both Moore and Dacre have been critical in the past of the BBC, suggesting the national broadcaster should brace for reforms if the men are recruited. The potential appointments of two right-wing figures in key national media roles also raised hackles in the opposition Labour Party.

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Paul Dacre wearing a suit and tie: Witnesses Are Recalled To The Leveson Inquiry © Photographer: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Europe Witnesses Are Recalled To The Leveson Inquiry

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“The BBC and Ofcom are integral to our national interests: Ofcom regulates the BBC and they should be free from political interference,” Labour’s spokeswoman on culture and media, Jo Stevens, told Sky. “They should be impartial, and specifically trailing these appointments is quite worrying.”

Dowden said the BBC needs a “strong, big person” who can hold it to account. He said the broadcaster needs to ensure it has “genuine impartiality,” that it adapts to the future as television moves from analog to digital, and that it “represents all parts of our nation, not just narrow metropolitan areas.”

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