Making communications work for everyone - The role of the regulator
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATIONS
IIC USA CHAPTER EVENT
MAKING COMMUNICATIONS WORK FOR EVERYONE—
THE ROLE OF THE REGULATOR:
A VIEW FROM SHARON WHITE,
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF UK REGULATOR OFCOM
TUESDAY 28 June 2016, 9:30am- 11.00am
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
On June 28th the US Chapter hosted an engaging meeting with Sharon White, the CEO of the UK communications regulator, OFCOM. The morning meeting was very well received and she covered topics as broad as: her view on the role of competition, the history and future of the agency, spectrum, and of course had to handle the inevitable question about Brexit. She introduce a term 'right touch regulation', while not necessarily new, but one that offered clarity on OFCOM's marketplace positioning. It is a clever play on the oft-used phrase implying that regulators possess a 'light touch'. She further integrated content and the role of the PSBs in the ever-changing media landscape. Her visit kept the spirit of the Chapter's mission to bring the international thinking to a US audience. We thank Wilkinson Barker Knauer for their generosity in hosting this event.
SHARON WHITE took over as Chief Executive of Ofcom in March 2015. Before joining Ofcom, Sharon had a long career in the civil service. She was second Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, responsible for overseeing the public finances. Before that, she held Board level positions at the Ministry of Justice and the Department for International Development. She has worked as a civil service adviser at the Prime Minister's Policy Unit and in Washington, DC as a senior economist at the World Bank. Sharon is a trained economist and studied at Cambridge University and University College London.