Ed Richards

Political squabble envelops UK’s Ofcom

Ofcom deputy chair and British Conservative peer Baroness Sheila Noakes has acknowledge that her activity on microblogging site Twitter was “not appropriate” to her role and has agreed to dispose of a controversial shareholding in US telecom operator Verizon Communications. This comes Harriet Harman, the UK Labour Party’s deputy chairman and culture, media and sports […]

Ofcom appoints new chief executive

Ofcom has appointed Sharon White as its chief executive. White joins from the UK Treasury where she is second permanent secretary. She will start in her new £275,000 (US$430,000) a year position at the UK communications regulator in March 2015. At the Treasury, White is responsible for managing the UK’s public finances. She has held […]

News brief: International exec takes the reins at Ofcom

UK communications regulator Ofcom has appointed Steve Unger as acting chief executive. Unger is director of the strategy, international, technology and economist group at the regulator. He will step into the new role at the end of the year when current chief executive Ed Richards steps down after eight years running Ofcom. His departure was […]

BSKyB must make sports channels available to BT

After four years of litigation, the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) has ruled that BSkyB must make its sports channels available to BT on a wholesale basis. The CAT, making an about turn on its original 2012 ruling on the case, said that Sky must make its Sky Sports 1 and 2 premium services available […]

BBC crisis claims more scalps as Patten begins search for new DG

Following the resignation of BBC director-general George Entwistle on Saturday, head of news Helen Boaden and deputy director of news Stephen Thomas have “stepped aside” for the duration of the ongoing Pollard enquiry into flagship current affairs show Newsnight. Head of newsgathering Fran Unsworth has been named as acting director of news, while Ceri Thomas, […]