Hewlett gives verdict on new Brown head of communications

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Former director of programmes at Carlton Steve Hewlett has offered his verdict on Stephen Carter, Gordon Brown’s new head of policy, research and communications, and founding chief executive of Ofcom.

Hewlett praises Carter’s “clear thinking and transparency” and “quite remarkable” achievements with the broadcast regulator, but notes that Carter’s frustration with Ofcom’s occasional slow pace and under-prioritisation of consumer protection drew criticism.

Hewlitt concludes Carter will bring much needed energy and pace to Brown’s team, but cause “twitches” at the BBC, who may feel uncomfortable knowing an outspoken believer in sharing out the licence fee to other public service broadcasters now sits at the PM’s right hand.

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