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Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Appoints Ofcom Board Member

Nick Pollard has been appointed by the Secretary of State as a Member of the Ofcom Board, for six months from 14 November 2016.


Nick Pollard has had a distinguished career in British journalism and broadcasting spanning more than forty five years.

For ten years, as Head of Sky News, Nick furthered its reputation for unrivalled coverage of breaking news and major events around the world. During that time the channel won numerous awards for its reporting of events such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Kosovo conflict, the Omagh bombing, the death of Princess Diana, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Asian tsunami disaster and the 2005 London bombings.

Nick began his career as a local newspaper journalist on Merseyside in 1968 and worked for BBC Radio and TV News during the 1970s. He joined ITN in 1980 and became Executive Producer of News at Ten and responsible for major story coverage in the UK and around the world. From 2009 to 2015 Nick was Chief Executive of Services Sound and Vision Corporation, the charity that runs British Forces Broadcasting and other services for the UK’s armed forces. He became a member of the Content Board of Ofcom, the UK’s broadcasting and telecommunications industry regulator, in 2016. Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and in 2007 was awarded the RTS’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Television Journalism. He was Chairman of the Society’s annual Journalism Awards from 2008-2011. In 2012 he carried out the independent inquiry into the BBC’s handling of the Jimmy Savile affair, producing ‘The Pollard Report’ on the matter in December 2012.

The Board of Ofcom is appointed by the Secretary of State. Board Members are paid £42,519 per annum.

In accordance with OCPA’s Code of Practise, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Nick has declared no such political activity.

Published 14 November 2016