Press release

New Ofcom Chair Appointed

Culture Secretary Maria Miller appoints Dame Patricia Hodgson

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Dame Patricia Hodgson has been appointed the new Ofcom Chair, Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced today.

Dame Patricia was selected as the Government’s preferred candidate for the position and then appeared before the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for a pre-appointment hearing.

The Select Committee recommended that Dame Patricia, who is currently the Ofcom Deputy Chair, should succeed the current Chair Colette Bowe and the Culture Secretary today confirmed the appointment.

Maria Miller said:

I am delighted to appoint Dame Patricia and know she will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the organisation in her role as Chair.

Her time as Deputy Chair means she has a thorough understanding of the communications industry and the challenges facing Ofcom.

Notes to Editors

  1. The appointment of the Ofcom Chair will be made on merit and a fair, open and transparent process, regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

  2. The OCPA Code of Practice can be found here

  3. Appointment of the Ofcom Chair is made by is made by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

  4. The term of the current chair, Colette Bowe, ends on ends on 31 March 2014.

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Published 18 December 2013