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Lord Burns appointed Ofcom chairman

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed appointment

Lord Terry Burns has been confirmed as the new chairman of Ofcom.

He previously served as chairman of Channel 4.

Lord Burns succeeds Dame Patricia Hodgson who is stepping down as chairman of Ofcom at the end of the year. Lord Burns will take up the role on 1st January.

Speaking about his appointment, Lord Burns said: “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to take on this role at an important time for Ofcom. The UK communications sector provides essential services to everyone in the UK and is critical to the future success of the economy.”

Sharon White, Ofcom chief executive, added: “Lord Burns brings with him a wealth of experience and I am looking forward to working together as we deliver on Ofcom’s priorities.

“I am incredibly grateful to Dame Patricia Hodgson, who has provided expert stewardship to Ofcom as chairman and deputy chairman over the past six years. Colleagues across Ofcom thank her for the contribution she’s made.”