Ofcom appoints new Group Director for Broadcasting and Media

Cristina Nicolotti Squires is joining Ofcom’s Senior Management Team as Group Director for Broadcasting and Media.

She will lead the group responsible for broadcasting policy and regulation, setting and upholding standards on air. It also makes sure broadcasters provide quality programmes and services that meet the changing needs of viewers and listeners.

Christina has more than 30 years of experience in broadcasting, most recently she was Director of Content at Sky News. Before this Cristina was Editor at ITN’s 5 News and also held senior positions at ITV News after beginning her career in print and local TV news.

Speaking about her appointment, Cristina said: “We’ve never had so much choice of where and how to get our entertainment and information, and never has it been so important to ensure fairness and accuracy while embracing the fundamental principle of free speech.

“I am delighted to be taking on this role championing viewers and listeners at such a critical moment for the UK media industry.”

Dame Melanie Dawes, Ofcom’s Chief Executive added: “Cristina’s significant broadcasting experience will be a major asset to Ofcom. I’m very much looking forward to working with her.”

Melanie also thanked Siobhan Walsh, Ofcom’s senior broadcasting director who has temporarily led the Broadcasting and Media Group since April. Siobhan will continue in place until Cristina arrives, before returning to her previous role.