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Chairman remains at Ofcom

Lord (David) Currie of Marylebone has been re-appointed as Chairman Ofcom by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Alan Johnson.

The re-appointment will be for a period of 2 years, commencing after the end of his current term. The appointment will end on 31 July 2009, after the completion of two terms.

In announcing the re-appointment, Tessa Jowell said:

“David Currie has been instrumental in the successful establishment of Ofcom as the UK’s regulator for the communications industries and I congratulate him on that achievement.

“The complexity of forming and developing such an organisation, taking on the different roles of all the five predecessor organisations, should not be under-estimated.

“The challenges facing Ofcom in carrying out its role over the next few years are of course considerable, and I am very pleased that as a result of his reappointment, David will be able to continue leading Ofcom’s Board in tackling those challenges effectively.”

Alan Johnson also welcomed the re-appointment, saying:

“We are pleased that David Currie has accepted the invitation to remain as Chairman of Ofcom for a second, final, term in communications regulation. Since Ofcom was established it has developed an excellent reputation among stakeholders for its firm yet flexible approach to regulation.

“David’s role in providing a strategic direction to Ofcom, has been invaluable, and his reappointment will help ensure that Ofcom continues to build effectively on the substantial foundations which David and his colleagues have laid.”

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