MPs tell three-day-a-week Ofcom chair: You are hired

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The cross-party business and media select committees have approved Colette Bowe’s appointment as chairman of Ofcom.

The group held a pre-appointment hearing (ie: a two-hour public job interview) last week in which MPs questioned her commitment to the three-days-a-week job, and the salary.

“We were concerned about the amount of time Dr Bowe would have to carry out her Ofcom responsibilities, given the impressive range of other posts she holds,” the committee said in its report today.

Bowe assured MPs that she was “well able to give 60 per cent of my time to Ofcom and Ofcom will be my primary role”.

“We welcome this commitment, and intend to hold her to it,” the group said.

“Having questioned Dr Colette Bowe we consider her a suitable candidate for the post, and look forward to working with her in the future.”

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