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Melanie Dawes ‘to be appointed Ofcom CEO’

Appointment unlikely to be confirmed until after the election

Ofcom has reportedly chosen Melanie Dawes as the successor to chief executive Sharon White.

According to The Guardian, the panel tasked with finding White’s successor is ready to appoint Dawes.

However, no announcement is expected to be made until after the general election as the result could have an impact on her appointment.

TVBEurope has contacted Ofcom and was told they are currently not able to comment on the report.

Dawes is currently the most senior female civil servant in the UK as permanent secretary at the ministry of housing, communities and local government.

Sharon White announced her intention to step down from the role in June. Ofcom has announced Jonathan Oxley will become interim chief executive from the end of November.

Lord Burns, Ofcom Chairman, said: “Jonathan is extremely well equipped to step up to provide important continuity for Ofcom and the sectors it regulates.”

Jonathan Oxley said: “I’m delighted the Board has asked me to become interim chief executive. I’m looking forward to delivering on our priorities for people and businesses.”