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BBC frontrunner 'conflict of interest'

The leading candidate to replace Mark Thompson as director general of the BBC has been accused by Tory MPs of having a conflict of interest.

Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards is believed to have applied for the post, but is also running an inquiry into whether the definition of the 'plurality' of media organisations should include the corporation.

John Whittingdale, chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said that if Richards is indeed a candidate for the post "he should not be making or taking any decisions about plurality and the BBC".


Graham Brady, who was hostile to the establishment of the Con-Lib coalition, has been elected as the new chairman of the Conservative Party 1922 Committee. Two MPs considered independent-minded right-wingers - Charles Walker and John Whittingdale - were elected vice-chairmen.


Watson 'should step down from DCMS committee'

Tom Watson has been told to step down from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee by its Chairman, after Ed Miliband promoted him to the Shadow Cabinet. Mr Watson, who was instrumental in questioning the Murdochs about the scandal, was promoted to Deputy Chair of the Labour Party in a Shadow Cabinet reshuffle. Conservative MP John Whittingdale, who is also the committee Chairman, said parliamentary convention dictated that members of the shadow cabinet should not sit on backbench committees.