Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK’s communications sectors. We regulate TV and radio broadcasting, including the BBC, landlines and mobile phones, broadband and postal services, including the airwaves over which wireless devices operate. We recently took on regulation of video-sharing platforms such as Tik Tok and later this year we’ll gain powers to regulate tech platforms through the government’s new online safety regime. The sectors we regulate have seen, and continue to see, rapid change – and they are central to the modern digital economy. Our work on Broadcasting and Media is critical to Ofcom’s work and has never been more important.
Ofcom is looking for an exemplary candidate to be appointed as Group Director, Broadcasting and Media, to lead Ofcom’s regulation of broadcasting and media. This role provides a unique opportunity to shape and influence the modern broadcasting and media industry for the UK over the next 5-10 years, in particular supporting the growth, development and diversity of public service media. The role includes oversight of Ofcom’s regulation of the BBC; its work to ensure media plurality; broadcasting and radio licensing and policy; and compliance with the broadcasting code. The person appointed to this role will ensure Ofcom makes all decisions with scrupulous independence on the basis of evidence, recognising the importance of freedom of expression and with audiences and listeners at the fore. The role reports to Melanie Dawes, Ofcom’s Chief Executive.
We are looking for a highly experienced executive who can lead the Broadcast & Media Group (c.120 people), inspiring and motivating the team by putting audience insight centre-stage. They will set high standards to ensure that our regulatory duties provided by parliament linked to Broadcasting and Media are effectively met and will work in collaboration across Ofcom including with our Board and professional functions.
The individual in this role will use consistent and superior levels of judgement and senior editorial management experience, to ensure that Ofcom’s decisions on broadcasting and media standards and policies are in line with our statutory requirements and wider strategies. They will ensure decisions are evidence-based, robust and credible and can withstand a high degree of scrutiny from a wide range of stakeholders. The person in this position will bring with them a deep understanding and experience of the broadcast and media industry in the UK. It is essential they are politically independent and have the highest standards of integrity.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon, Friday 16thJune.
Ofcom is a forward-thinking, inclusive employer and recognises the value of diversity to truly “make communications work for everyone”. Ofcom welcomes diversity in all its forms and encourages applications from qualified candidates irrespective of ethnicity, age, disability or long-term conditions, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, working patterns or religious beliefs.