Paul Dacre, former editor of Daily Mail, resigns to become chairman of Ofcom. He launches a fierce attack against left-wing civil servants

  • Paul Dacre announced that he did not apply for the head Ofcom regulator role again.  
  • Mr. Dacre (73), said that he would rather take on an ‘exciting job in the private industry’.
  • An ex-editor of the Daily Mail attacked Whitehall staff members for stopping his appointment 

Paul Dacre is the former Daily Mail editor and has now withdrawn from the race to become the chairman of Ofcom, the media regulator.

In a letter to the Times, Mr Dacre said he had been rejected by an interview panel because of his ‘strong convictions’ and has taken the decision not to re-apply for the job despite the appointment process being re-opened by Boris Johnson.

Dacre claimed he’d rather take on an “exciting new job” in the private sector and attacked Whitehall’s determination to exclude anyone with right-of center ‘convictions.

He called his encounters with senior civil servants an ‘infelicitous dalliance with the Blob’.

Former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre has blasted civil servants as he publicly withdrew from the race to become the next chairman of media regulator Ofcom

Paul Dacre, former editor of Daily Mail, has attacked civil servants in his public rant to quit the race for the position as chairman Ofcom’s media regulator. 

He said: “To anyone in the private sector with convictions who is considering applying for a job as a civil servant, I say this: The civil services will control and leak everything.

The process may take you up to one year, during which time your life is put on hold. However, if you possess an independent mind and don’t associate with any liberal/left organizations you stand a greater chance of getting the job.

Mr Dacre also made reference to Sarah Healey, the permanent secretary at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport who notoriously said working from home allowed her to spend more time on her expensive Peloton exercise bike.

The author wrote: “I’m accepting an exciting new position in the private sector in a hostile business climate. It struggles to create wealth for senior civil servants. This allows them to spend more time on the Peloton and polishing political correctness.

Mr Dacre revealed he was considered 'unappointable' because his 'strong convictions' would have made him incompatible with the role at the regulator

Dacre stated that he had been deemed unappointable because of his strong convictions. This would have meant that he wouldn’t be suited for the regulatory role.

Dacre also called the BBC a “great civilizing force”, for which he would die in a ditch.

The Corporation must be saved from itself as well as the streaming giants with frighteningly high resources in the future, he said.

“I wish Ofcom every success as it attempts to manage the powerful, corrupt, and, as has been learned, moral tech giants. This is a huge challenge that I have spent the past 28 years fighting for, publicly as well as privately, with ministers.

He wrote, “Whether Ofcom’s Chief Executive, who is a brillant career civil servant and was previously at the Ministry of Housing has the ability to handle such issues is another kettle of fish.”  

Paul Dacre, former editor of the Daily Mail who was a dominant journalist for 26 years

MailOnline Article by James Gant  

Paul Dacre served as editor for the Daily Mail 26 years.

Before studying at Leeds University, the journalist studied at University College School, Hampstead in north London.

From a young age, he had an interest in news. He edited the school paper and student newspaper.

He left Leeds to work as a reporter for The Daily Express, but he joined the Daily Mail in 1980, ten years later.

After spending a year as editor of the London Evening Standard, he took up the Mail’s post in 1992.

He became well known for his campaigning headlines such as ‘Murderers’ in 1997, where he accused five men of killing Stephen Lawrence.

Mr Dacre also received widespread praise for his role in stopping Gary McKinnon being extradited to the US for hacking into Pentagon computers.

The mother of Asperger’s patient, 46 years old, thanked him personally for standing up for Gary for so many years.

Ahead of his potential role as chairman of Ofcom, Mr Dacre was formerly a member of the Press Complaints Commission and chairman of the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee.

This year, Mr Dacre will lift the lid on his time at the Mail in a three-part Channel 4 programme called The World According to Paul Dacre.