In a saga that has lasted longer than finding a decent manager for Spurs I am pleased to report that Boris is still determined to make Paul Dacre, the talented ex-Editor of the Daily Mail, chairman of the media regulator Ofcom.
Dacre is a critic of the BBC (hooray) and the manner in which Big Tech is regulated. Both would fall under his oversight.
The reality is that Facebook, Google and co aren’t regulated and anytime a government tries to curb their power or excesses a US President threatens retribution leading to everybody backing off.
Like a script out of Yes Minster the government has now restarted the recruitment process for the job after Dacre, 72, was rejected first time round by an independent assessment panel.
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A source close to Johnson told The Times; ‘’He is more determined than ever to get his man.’’
It’s one of the reasons he put Nadine Dorries into the post as Culture Secretary and sacked the nice but dim Oliver Dowden.
The last panel to reject Dacre was made up of former BT CEO Lord Livingstone, Melanie Richards from KPMG, Paul Potts, a director of Times Newspaper and the real fly in the ointment Susannah Storey, Director General of DCMS.
A new panel that will give Dacre the nod is currently being put together.
Each will be asked before they join if they have a problem with Dacre. If any answer yes they won’t be on the panel. That’s how it works.
The establishment hate journalists. They simply aren’t clubbable. That’s why I like them and why I am one of them.
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