The chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has been told “all possible opportunities” to find the best candidates for the Ofcom director role have “exhausted”.
The search for a suitable candidate for the chair of the media watchdog has faced a series of delays since it began two years ago.
The selection is being conducted again after an initial round of interviews failed to find a candidate to lead the management agency.
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On Monday, DCMS Committee Chairman Julian Knight said he had not yet heard how many people applied for the position.
In a statement, he said: “Another week, yet another suspenseful installment in the ridiculous soap opera, which is the race to become Ofcom’s new chair.
“The committee is not after commenting behind the scenes on the appointment process, but rather the latest hangman from the DCMS department – which cannot or won’t even tell us how many people have signed up. audition for the lead role – no. makes you wonder if we’re headed for a happy ending.
“Anyone who has followed this long story will know that feeling of burnout.”
Knight added that he has been told by the Permanent Secretary that “all possible opportunities to get the best cast for the next stage are now exhausted”.
Former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre was reportedly Boris Johnson’s preferred choice in initial interviews but he withdrew from the race, arguing that the civil service had influenced the process. because of his “central beliefs”.
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In January, ministers announced that they were reopening the recruitment process and extending the application deadline after a “favourite” to fill the position left.
At the time, Knight said: “The search for Ofcom’s next chair is underway in a recruitment process that puts a reality TV series to shame.
“Not satisfied with the outcome of the initial round of interviews, the DCMS department restarted the appointment process using specially recruited headhunters to better capture the candidate pool, just to see a favorite move.
“Now, the field of better candidates is not enough. The word shuffle has begun to look like an expression. “
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