Boris Johnson puts ex-Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre in charge of Ofcom

Boris Johnson has appointed two Brexit-backing critics of the BBC to key roles in the media.

The Prime Minister has hired Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, as chairman of media regulator Ofcom, and he has asked Charles Moore, the former editor of the Daily Telegraph, to become the chairman of the BBC, The Times has reported.

The newspaper said Mr Dacre had drinks with Mr Johnson in Downing Street in February, before the coronavirus pandemic occired and is now in talks with No 10 about the Ofcom role.

Mr Dacre will want to crack down on alleged BBC bias and encourage the corporation to downsize so it can focus on its core public service responsibilities.

But the Times reports Whitehall sources say he “passionately believes it needs saving from itself”.

While he was editing the Daily Mail, Mr Dacre was highly critical of digital platforms such as Google and Facebook that earn huge sums by recycling stories taken from other media outlets without paying.

He also claimed the platforms were used to publicise “fake news”.

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