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Michael Grade ‘in contention for Ofcom top job’

Former BBC, ITV and Channel 4 boss is said to be in the running for the position

Michael Grade is reportedly being considered by the UK government for the role of chair of media regulator Ofcom.

Bloomberg cites people familiar with the matter as its sources, but was not able to get a comment from Grade or his spokeswoman.

Michael Grade currently sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative peer. His career has included stints as controller of BBC One (1984-1986), chief executive of Channel 4 (1988–1997), chairman of the BBC (2004–2006), and executive chairman of ITV plc (2007–2009).

In October TVBEurope reported Grade was part of a consortium considering bidding to take over Channel 4 should the government decide to privatise the broadcaster.

He is currently chairman of communications collective Miroma, founded by media entrepreneur Marc Boyan, which is said to be looking at the prospects for acquiring Channel 4 with bankers at Rothschild.

The search for a new chair of Ofcom has been dragging on since the summer of 2020. The government’s preferred candidate Paul Dacre eventually dropped out last month.

Another possible candidate, former culture minister Ed Vaizey, is believed to have not applied during the latest round of recruitment.