Michael Grade has decided to take over the British media regulator POLITICO

Former BBC chairman Michael Grade has been appointed the new chairman of Britain’s media regulator Ofcom, the government announced on Thursday after a long and difficult recruitment process.

The Conservative colleague has held senior positions at several of Britain’s main broadcasters and has previously criticized the BBC royalty as a “regressive tax”.

He is yet to face cross-examination before being nominated by MPs but is expected to take the job barring a stir.

Grade’s election comes as the UK government pushes ahead with controversial plans to regulate social media platforms and continues to call for reform of the BBC.

The search for an Ofcom boss has dragged on for more than two years after Boris Johnson unsuccessfully tried to hire former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre.

Culture Minister Nadine Dorries, who made the final decision on Grade’s nomination, said his “high-level experience at a range of broadcasters and his expert knowledge of the UK media landscape make him an ideal candidate for the role”.

She predicted Ofcom would play “an even more important role” as ministers seek to crack down on illegal and abusive material online.

If approved, Grade would give up his Conservative bench seat in the House of Lords to sit as an independent crossbencher.

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