The Times reports today that Alan Davey, chief executive of Arts Council England since 2007, is in the frame to fill the vacancy left by Roger Wright at the head of Radio 3 and the BBC Proms.
Davey’s role at ACE has been to impose rigorous political correctness and cut lots of jobs. Sounds ideal for the BBC.
His job history is interesting, and altogether political.
As a senior civil servant at the Department of Culture Media and Sport, Davey was parachuted into the supposedly independent ACE to bring it in line with government thinking. His Secretary of State at DCMS was James Purnell.
Purnell is now Director of Strategy and Digital at the BBC, right-hand man to the Director General, Tony Hall.
The shadowy head-hunter who has nominated Davey for the Radio 3 vacancy is Nicky Oppenheimer, a Cabinet Office official under Tony Blair.
These old New Labour networks think they are still running the country.
Perhaps they are.