Ofcom's Chief Executive Officer, Ed Richards, has applied for the role of Director General at the BBC, according to a statement released by the regulator.
The current BBC Director General, Mark Thompson, has announced he will be stepping down from the post following the London Olympics.
Ofcom announced Richards' application in the following statement: "Given the significant level of speculation surrounding potential applicants for the BBC Director General role, Ofcom can confirm that CEO Ed Richards has applied. Robust procedures, agreed by the Ofcom Chairman and the Board, have been put in place to prevent any potential conflict of interest.
Ed has already stepped aside from all discussions and communication at all levels on matters where the BBC may have an interest. This includes Board meetings, executive meetings and policy discussions, both formal and informal."
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