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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 …

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Anonymous Coward

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?

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Re: Ofcom chief goes to BBC, BBC chief goes to ofcom.

I was betting on either Alistair Campbell or James Murcoch

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Anonymous Coward

Jobs for the boys

Jobs for the boys, Guardian reading, wishy washy, lefty, pinky, tree hugging liberals with socialist tendencies. If he gets the job it's a fix well done.

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"Robust procedures"

That's right up there with "there will be a consultation/review" in terms of meaningless phrases that promise little and deliver less.

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The sooner he leaves Ofcom..

...the better.

He was one of the regulators responsible for turning a blind eye to BT/Phorm.

It would be far better if he simply resigned; it would be a travesty if he was appointed to a BBC job.

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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.

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" policy advisor to Tony Blair. In that role he helped create Ofcom"

Translation - was responsible for creating this parody of a regulator while abandoning retail customers to a hotch potch of ADR schemes.

OFCOM is a joke seeming to be obsessed with selling off chunks of bandwidth stolen from TV viewers by way of costly digital upgrades - upgrades which OFCOM itself may now allow to be interfered with by services that it will inadvisedly permit to operate.

Maybe he should be barred from the public arena before he screws up the BBC in a similar manner.... well more than it already has been screwed up....

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Out to pasture

After Ofcom's lamentable performance under his 'leadership', he shouldn't be allowed charge of anything more taxing than a non-motorised lawnmower. Worth rememberng that Ofcom were poised to kiss Ruperts arse on Bskyb until the political wind started blowing the other way.

All posture, no talent.

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Re: Out to pasture

Given OFCOM's record as the worst, most ineffectual, and generally useless regulator, I'd have thought he'd be ideal to run the BBC. Both are fairly monopolistic in their field, there's no commercial imperative at either, OFCOM skills in fawning and grovelling to the 1% will be most useful at the BBC, and both organisations are totally unaccountable to those who have to pay for them.

What's not to like?

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Relax. He won't get it.

Is if Cameron, Hunt and Patten (all true blue Tories) will allow an Blairite stooge get the DG job.

And he's not very bright.

Plenty of good applicants in the Beeb, including ladies.

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