Radio Group Chair Peter Davies exits Ofcom

Peter Davies, Director of Content Policy at Ofcom, is leaving the regulator after 12 years.

During his time there Ofcom has introduced many industry changing items of legislation such as the introduction of co-location, extended networking of stations and a new national DAB multiplex. Community Radio and PSB Television has also grown into their own sectors under his guidance.

An Ofcom spokesperson told RadioToday: “After 12 years, Peter Davies, Ofcom’s Director of Content Policy, has decided to move on from Ofcom. During his time at Ofcom, Peter has played an important role in the radio sector and he will be greatly missed by colleagues right across the organisation.”

Peter oversees the development of Ofcom’s policies for content in the radio and television sectors. This includes such things as programming requirements for the public service television broadcasters, radio formats and localness, broader content issues and the licensing of PSB television channels, Local TV services, new commercial radio stations, community radio stations and digital radio.

Peter chairs the Joint Planning for Radio Group, which has been planning coverage for a possible digital radio switchover, as part of the Government’s Digital Radio Action Plan. He is also a member of the Broadcast Licensing Committee, which makes decisions on competitive licensing awards.

Peter joined Ofcom in 2003 as Head of Market Intelligence producing Ofcom’s Annual Communications Market Review. He then became Director of Radio Content and Broadcast Licensing, before taking on wider responsibilities for television content policy.

Prior to Ofcom, Peter spent nine years at the BBC, culminating in the role of Controller, Corporate Strategy.

And in 2002 he was one of the main architects of Freeview. His previous roles within the BBC included three years as Head of Strategy for Nations and Regions, where he was responsible for helping to formulate the BBCs digital radio strategy.

Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at 2:11 pm by RadioToday

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