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Former BBC executive to head media watchdog

A former BBC executive has been named as the new chairwoman of communications regulator Ofcom.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced that Dame Patricia Hodgson, who is currently deputy chairwoman of the organisation, would succeed Colette Bowe next year.

Ms Miller said: “I am delighted to appoint Dame Patricia and know she will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the organisation in her role as chair.

“Her time as deputy chair means she has a thorough understanding of the communications industry and the challenges facing Ofcom.”

A former journalist, Dame Patricia was director of policy and planning at the BBC from 1993 to 2000 and a member of the BBC Trust from its formation until June 2011.

Ofcom regulates television and radio as well as telecoms and postal services.