Dark Horse Carter Overtakes Field in UK Media Regulator Race

09 January 2003

Former NTL managing director Stephen Carter has scorched out of nowhere to lead the race for the prestigious role of chief executive at Britain's new telecoms and broadcasting supra-regulator Ofcom. Until today (Thursday), Carter had been a horse so dark that no-one outside Ofcom knew he was even a runner!

Word around the media parish pump is that Carter is one of a field of three selected by headhunters to contest the final straight. He will be challenged by former favourite Patricia Hodgson, currently ceo of the Independent Television Commission, and a third runner believed to be Nick Lovegrove, a McKinsey consultant who advised John Birt when he was director general of the BBC.

The determining interviews will be held next week by a panel comprising Ofcom chairman Lord David Currie and non-executive board members.

Carter, whose resumé includes the post of chief executive at J Walter Thompson London, is now seen as the frontrunner as Currie is thought to favour someone from a business or economics background.

The appointment, due to be announced at the end of this month, also requires political nods from the respective secretaries of state: culture, media and sport (Tessa Jowell) and trade and industry (Patricia Hewitt).

Data sourced from: MediaGuardian.co.uk; additional content by WARC staff