Ministers reject plea that Lord Burns carry on as Channel 4 chairman

Joseph Millis
Lord Burns won’t have a second term at Channel 4 (Source: Getty)
Lord Burns is to step down as Channel 4 chairman after ministers overruled a recommendation by the media regulator that he stay on to steer the broadcaster through the BBC Charter Review next year.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) rejected a suggestion from Ofcom that Burns should be granted a year-long extension, according to Sky News.

Sources said Burns was likely to step down at the end of his term in January, subject to the availability of a suitable replacement.

An Ofcom spokesman told Sky News: “Ofcom is proceeding with the recruitment of the next Channel 4 chairman to succeed Lord Burns when his term ends early next year.”

A DCMS spokesman said: “Lord Burns second term…expires on 27 January 2016. Ofcom is responsible for appointing the C4 chair. We understand the reg­ulator will shortly announce its plans for recruitment to this important post.”

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