Petition launched to stop ex-Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre from becoming Ofcom head

A petition has been launched in opposition to ex-Daily Mail edior Paul Dacre potentially being hired as the new Chair of Ofcom.

The Good Law Project have questioned why the appointments process for the role is being rerun, after Dacre had not succeeded back in May.

An interview panel deemed him “not appointable” earlier this year, but the Government decided to redo the recruitment process with a different interview panel.

On their website, the Good Law Project has claimed that Dacre is Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “preferred candidate for the top job at Ofcom” which is why he is getting another opportunity.

It added: “The reason why Ofcom must remain independent of Government is the same reason the media must remain independent of Government: neither can do their job if they are in the Government’s pocket.

“We’re asking the Secretary of State to explain why the competition for Chair is being rerun and why Mr Dacre is being allowed to reapply. 

“We want proper answers from the Government. If we don’t get them, we expect to take legal action.”

Ofcom is the Government regulator for the communications services.

It was reported in the Guardian last month that Julian Knight, the chair of the culture select committee and a Conservative MP, that the recruitment process was being restarted without adequate justification.

Knight said: “Where a previous candidate has been deemed to be unappointable for a post, they should be ruled out of reapplying.”

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