The government could face legal action if it hires former Daily Mail chief Paul Dacre as the new president of Ofcom


Dacre was previously considered “not nominable” by a panel of interviews

The government has been threatened with legal action if it decides to go ahead and hire former Daily Mail chief Paul Dacre as Ofcom’s new president, despite a panel of interviews deeming him “unnamed” in May of this year.

Boris Johnson and his administration have been criticized for rigging the nomination process for Ofcom’s new president, the media regulator, after deciding to rerun the process and rewrite the job description after the commission’s rejection of Dacre. for interviews.

Dacre is believed to be Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s preferred choice for the role. He is a bitter critic of the BBC and was concluded by a group of interviews that did not meet certain requirements of the job. Instead of choosing from the names of three other candidates passed to the Secretary of Culture, the government has chosen to repeat the process.

The Good Law Project says its lawyers have written to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), asking the government to explain why the competition for the presidency was repeated and why in Dacre it is was allowed to resubmit the application.

The Good Law Project said in a statement: “When it comes to the Prime Minister’s allies, a pattern is emerging in Downing Street. When Boris Johnson doesn’t like the outcome of an official trial, he tries to break the rules and start over.

“We saw it with the Owen Paterson scandal and we are seeing it again now with the rigged nomination process for the new president of media regulator Ofcom.

“Paul Dacre has been the former editor of the Daily Mail for 26 years and Johnson’s favorite candidate for best job at Ofcom. However, he is in a bit of trouble, as a group of respondents found Mr. Dacre” unnamed. “just a few months ago”.

The campaign’s non-profit organization goes on to say, “We are asking the Secretary of State to explain why the contest for the presidency was repeated and why Mr. Dacre was allowed to re-apply.

“We want adequate responses from the government. If we don’t get them, we expect to take legal action. “

A. petition launched to prevent Dacre from becoming president of Ofcom, it has collected over 75,000 signatures.

A spokesperson for the DCMS told LFF: “We will not be involved in speculation about an ongoing nomination process. This process is taking place in line with the Corporate Governance Code for Public Nominations and we will not jeopardize the outcome “.

Basit Mahmood is the editor of Left Foot Forward

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