The broadcast regulator has appointed Dame Melanie Dawes, the most senior woman in the civil service, as its chief executive as it prepares for new powers to police technology companies.
The appointment was confirmed yesterday as the government considers expanding Ofcom’s role as an internet watchdog with the power to fine and prosecute social media companies. The final policy decision on the new powers will not be taken until spring.
Dame Sharon White, 52, left the post in June to be chairwoman of the John Lewis chain. Ofcom is also seeking to appoint a