Regulators Work Together to Lay the Foundations for OFCOM
Press Release - Wednesday 20 June 2001
The five communications regulators that will form OFCOM welcomed todays announcement in the Queens Speech that a full draft of the Communications Bill will be published in the current Parliamentary session.
To coincide with this announcement, the Chief Executives of the five regulators Broadcasting Standards Commission, Independent Television Commission, Oftel, Radiocommunications Agency and the Radio Authority have appointed Towers Perrin, one of the worlds largest management consulting firms, to map the process for setting up the new regulator.
The initial work by Towers Perrin will be to:
The consultants will report to a steering group on which all five Chief Executives sit, as well as the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The work is scheduled for completion by the end of August 2001.
The five Chief Executives Paul Bolt (BSC), David Edmonds (Oftel), David Hendon (Radiocommunications Agency), Patricia Hodgson (ITC) and Tony Stoller (Radio Authority) said:
"This is an extremely exciting project. It will help us to turn the proposals for OFCOM as set out in the White Paper into reality.
"We need to get the vision and the initial strategy right if we are to develop a new, streamlined regulator appropriate for this dynamic and complex industry.
"Our organisations are strongly committed to working together in setting up OFCOM, and we are very pleased to have appointed Towers Perrin to assist us in this crucially important exercise."
Notes to editors:
1. Copies of the press release are available at the five regulators websites: www.bsc.org.uk; www.itc.org.uk, www.oftel.gov.uk www.radioauthority.org.uk www.radio.gov.uk
2. The Broadcasting Standards Commission is the statutory body for both standards and fairness in broadcasting. It is the only organisation within the regulatory framework of UK broadcasting to cover all television and radio, both terrestrial and satellite. This includes text, cable and digital services. It has three main tasks, as established by the 1996 Broadcasting Act:
BSC Donia Moinian 020 7808 1016
Robin Hull 020 7808 1017