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Ex-Telegraph editor Charles Moore poised to be new BBC chairman and ex-Daily Mail chief Paul Dacre tipped to lead Ofcom

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FORMER Daily Telegraph editor Lord Moore is close to becoming chairman of the BBC.

The appointment of the 63-year-old, who has blasted criminalising licence fee non-payers, is a “done deal”, sources say.

Boris Johnson also wants former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre as boss of broadcasting regulator Ofcom.

The moves would propel two leading Brexiteers to the top of the broadcasting sector.

The PM held drinks in No10 with Dacre in February and is now in talks over the role, it has been reported.

Sources in No10 confirmed to the Sunday Times last night he was Mr Johnson’s top choice.

Dacre, 71, will encourage the BBC to downsize, focus on core public service duties and tackle bias, it was reported.

Whitehall sources revealed he “passionately believes it needs saving from itself”.

The application processes for both roles are expected to open shortly.  A government spokesman last night said: “We will launch the application process for the new chair of the BBC shortly.

“It is an open recruitment process and all public appointments are subject to a robust and fair selection criteria.” 

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