Brexit backers ‘to be appointed to top jobs at BBC and Ofcom’ | UK | News

Former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre is said to be the Prime Minister’s choice to lead the broadcasting regulator Ofcom. It follows reports that former Daily Telegraph editor Lord Moore, the author of Margaret Thatcher’s official biography, is being lined up as the next BBC chairman.

Mr Dowden yesterday insisted no job offers had been made but did not deny that figures within the Government approached the pair about the roles.

The Culture Secretary told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show that the process would be opened soon and interviews conducted by an independent panel.

Asked if Mr Dacre and Lord Moore had been offered the jobs, he said: “No, we have a formal process for them to go through so I will be launching shortly the competition for the chair of the BBC. But in the chairman of the BBC we want a really strong, robust character that can

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Brexit Threatens to Strip U.K. Pilots of Right to Fly EU Planes

London Southend Airport After Easyjet Plc Pulls Out Of Hub

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British pilots already fearing for their jobs as the coronavirus crisis hammers air travel face a new risk as a potential no-deal Brexit threatens to deprive them of the right to fly European Union-registered planes.

With the U.K.’s split from the EU set to be completed on Dec. 31, there’s no agreement in place that would allow aviators holding U.K. licenses to serve the bloc on anything other than British planes. The country’s Civil Aviation Authority has in contrast said it will continue to recognize EU documentation for a further two years.

That’s a particular problem for pilots at airlines such as EasyJet Plc, which has its headquarters in Luton, England, but flies from multiple bases across Europe using three different air-operator certificates.

EasyJet Plc Grounds Fleet, Plans to Build Buffer Against Virus Blow

EasyJet aircraft at London Luton Airport

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Without a reciprocal deal, “there will be consequences for the efficiency of

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