The Prime Minister is looking to appoint two Brexit backing critics of the BBC to senior roles in the media, including one as chairman of the publicly owned broadcaster itself.

According to several sources on Saturday, Boris Johnson wants to appoint Paul Dacre – the former editor of the Daily Mail, as chairman of media regulator Ofcom, and he has asked Charles Moore – the former editor of the Daily Telegraph, to become the chairman of the BBC.

The Times newspaper reported: “The potential appointments of two right-wing Brexiteers will send shockwaves through the broadcasting establishment.”

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