Philip Graf, the former chief executive of Trinity Mirror, has been appointed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to head the forthcoming review into the BBC’s internet services.
Media Secretary Tessa Jowell announced Graf’s appointment last weekend at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Graf, who resigned from the newspaper group last September, was at the forefront of the merger between the Mirror Group and Trinity. Before he resigned, Graf oversaw the partial closure and sell-off of Trinity’s own iC internet services.
“There will be a wide public industry consultation, beginning now and running until 17 November,” Jowell said. “I hope Philip will be able to submit his ?nished report by the spring.”
The review follows similar scrutiny this year of BBC News 24 by former Financial Times editor Richard Lambert, and will be followed by a review of the corporation’s digital television and radio services next year.
By Wale Azeez