Kevin Bakhurst has been appointed Content Group Director, overseeing content and media policy at Ofcom.
Kevin will join from RTÉ in the Republic of Ireland, where he is Deputy Director General, recently the Acting Director General, and Managing Director for News and Current Affairs, joining in 2012.
He had a long career at the BBC, joining as a researcher in 1989 and rising to Deputy Head for the BBC Newsroom and Controller of the BBC News Channel. Kevin oversaw BBC TV and radio news and the news website, helping to create the BBC Multimedia newsroom.
He held a number of key editorial positions before that, including Editor of the Ten O’Clock News and Assistant Editor for the Nine O’Clock News, and started his career at PwC.
Sharon White, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to appoint Kevin to run Ofcom’s content group. He brings significant editorial experience and leadership qualities, which will greatly benefit Ofcom.”
Kevin Bakhurst said: “Ofcom plays a vital role in ensuring that TV and radio meets the expectations of UK audiences. I’m joining Ofcom at an exciting time, as it prepares to take on wider regulatory duties for the BBC.”
Ofcom regulates quality and standards for around 2,000 television, radio and video-on-demand services in the UK. Kevin will join Ofcom in the autumn and will report to Sharon White.