Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, has withdrawn from the race for the position of chair of the media regulator Ofcom.

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Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, has withdrawn from the race for the position of chair of the media regulator Ofcom.

The former editor of the Daily Mail, who was widely tipped as Downing Street’s preferred candidate to lead media regulator Ofcom, has withdrawn from consideration.

Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, has withdrawn his candidacy for the position of chair of the media regulator Ofcom.

After his initial application was unanimously rejected by an interview panel, the 73-year-old has revealed that he will not reapply for the position.

Mr Dacre stated in a letter to The Times that he would not be reapplying for the job and would instead take up an “exciting new job in the private sector.”

After the initial process failed to find a candidate, the government restarted the process after the original interview panel deemed Mr Dacre inappropriate for the job.

This month, the job was re-advertised with some changes to the job description.

The chair of Ofcom, the UK communications industry’s media regulator and competition authority, will be paid £142,500 per year.

It oversees the television and radio industries, as well as fixed-line and mobile telecommunications, postal services, and the airwaves that wireless devices use.

If the Government’s draft online safety legislation becomes law, Ofcom is also expected to be given new powers to regulate social media companies.

Mr Dacre, who left the Daily Mail earlier this month after 42 years, has said he will not reapply for the position, calling his time there an “infelicitous dalliance with the Blob.”

Senior Whitehall figures, he claimed, were hell-bent on preventing anyone with “right-of-centre convictions” from being appointed to senior government positions.

“To anyone from the private sector, who, God forbid, has convictions, and is thinking of applying for a public appointment, I say the following: the civil service will control (and leak) everything; the process could take a year, putting your life on hold; and if you have an independent mind and are unassociated with the liberal-left, you will have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting the job,” he wrote in his letter.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport stated that the recruitment process for the position of Ofcom chair was “fair and open,” and that the process is governed by the commissioner for public appointments, who is responsible for ensuring that the appointment is made according to strict guidelines.

Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, has withdrawn from the race for the position of chair of the media regulator Ofcom.

Former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre quits race to become new chair of media regulator Ofcom

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Paul Dacre, editor of The Daily Mail, arrives to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry at The High Court on 6 February 2012 in London, England. The inquiry is being led by Lord Justice Leveson and is looking into the culture, practice and ethics of the press in the United Kingdom. The inquiry, which will take evidence from interested parties and may take a year or more to complete, comes in the wake of the phone hacking scandal that saw the closure of The News of The World newspaper. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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