Paul Dacre ‘should be banned from reapplying’ as Ofcom chair, says Tory MP
Ministers restarted interview process for Ofcom job after former editor considered ‘unappointable’
Paul Dacre should be banned from reapplying to be chair of media regulator Ofcom because he failed the interview process on the first attempt, according to the Conservative MP who runs an influential select committee.
Downing Street has been trying to appoint the former Daily Mail editor to run Ofcom’s board since last summer, where he would have ultimate oversight of broadcast regulation and social media rules. However, earlier this year Dacre unexpectedly failed the vetting process for the £142,500 job at the final interview stage, with those on the panel considering him to be “unappointable” as an impartial chairman.