Mike McTighe, chairman of BT’s Openreach business, has emerged as a possible new frontrunner in the search for the new chair of UK media regulator Ofcom.
According to the Telegraph, he has applied to lead the organisation. Should he be appointed it is expected there would be a 6-month period of purdah to address any potential conflicts of interest.
Senior civil servant Sue Gray is now leading the search for the position, which became vacant when in 2020 when Lord Burns announced his intention to stand down.
Since then the process has been through a number of twists and turns, most notably involving former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre who was believed to be the government’s choice but dropped out of the running at the end of last year.
McTighe previously served eight years on the board of Ofcom.
He is the latest name to be linked with the role. Late last year former BBC boss Michael Grade emerged as a possible candidate.