Ed Richards, architect of what became the 2003 Communications Act, has been appointed Ofcom's new chief executive. Richards, promoted from strategy chief to Ofcom chief operating officer last summer, replaces Stephen Carter—raising the prospect that Richards might soon be regulating a business (possibly ITV) run by his former boss.
Richards joined Ofcom before its launch from 10 Downing Street where he advised Tony Blair on media, telecoms and internet issues. He is a former controller of corporate strategy at the BBC and worked in consulting at London Economics.
Ofcom chairman Lord Currie said: "Ed has played a critically important role in the establishment of Ofcom. He has a profound understanding of the markets we regulate and is ideally placed to lead the organisation into the future."
Richards—who led the field in Ofcom's search for a new CEO—said: "This is a fascinating job in a fascinating and fast changing area. We have a strong organisation, committed people and a track record that we intend to build on. I am thoroughly looking forward to the challenges."
Richards is a champion of Ofcom's proposed public service publisher (PSP), a publicly funded new media entity competing against the BBC in broadcasting and on-demand markets.
Lovelace Consulting | 05.10.2006