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Ofcom UK Bids Farewall to Long Time CEO Ed Richards

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 (10:00 am) - Score 514
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In a somewhat expected move the Chief Executive of national UK telecoms and media regulator Ofcom, Ed Richards, has announced that he is to stand down from his post at the end of December 2014. At present nobody has been lined up to replace him.

Richards first joined the Ofcom Board in March 2003, before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) in July 2005 and later becoming its Chief Executive (CEO) in October 2006.

Meanwhile the process to find a replacement, which is being led by Zygos Partnership, is only just getting started. Richards’s replacement will be a public appointment made by the Ofcom Board that involves “an independent assessor” and is subject to approval by the Government’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Ed Richards said:

It has been a privilege to lead Ofcom during such an exciting and dynamic period in the evolution of the UK’s communications sector. It is never easy leaving a job that you enjoy greatly but I have always felt that once I had completed eight years as Chief Executive this would be the right time to move on.”

Patricia Hodgson, Ofcom Chairman, said:

Ed has been an outstanding Chief Executive. Under his leadership, Ofcom has helped to deliver superfast broadband, 4G, lower prices, innovation, competition, and sustainable public service broadcasting in the UK. He leaves an impressive legacy. On behalf of the Board I would like to thank him for his enormous contribution.”

During his tenure Richards has overseen many changes in the market, not least the partial breaking up of BT’s dominance over fixed line broadband and phone services, which helped to foster affordability and competition in the market from the likes of TalkTalk, Sky Broadband and many others. Ofcom hopes to find a replacement for Richards during early 2015.

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  1. Avatar david

    should have said farewell to the whole shamable,s of a company not just the executive good rid of Ofcom altogether for what good they are .

    • Avatar TheFacts

      Ofcom is not a company. Please list what their many functions would be replaced with.

    • Avatar Bob

      @TheFacts

      I think he meant get rid of the functions as well.

      To have a free market would require further dereg/tax cuts though to prevent it becoming a monopoly.

    • Avatar GNewton

      @Bob: You may have noticed that TheFacts tends to ask senseless questions, without ever making a genuine contribution. He’s likely one of those BT shareholders who has a vested interest in Ofcom continuing as it is at the moment, e.g. a poorly functioning regulator which by and large hardly is capable of doing its jobs.

      @TheFacts: Have you done your research yet, trying to find the answers to the questions posted some months ago?

    • Avatar TheFacts

      david says Ofcom should be got rid of. Still need an organisation to do spectrum management.

      Please remind us what the questions were.

  2. Avatar gerarda

    This should be welcome news but he will probably just be replaced by another spin doctor

    • Avatar No Clue

      Agreed this is the guy who was once a “media” advisor to Blair and Brown, we all know what happened to the advice in general those 2 took. In 2012 he was after the BBC director general job (slight conflict of interest there as Ofcom are supposed to regulate the beeb also).

      Lets hope now we get someone with some morals at the very least.

  3. Avatar Sledgehammer

    I hope they find someone who is DEAF,DUMB and BLIND.

    Then we might see OFCOM grow some teeth and b*lls.

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