The UK government has appointed Althea Efunshile, the former deputy chief of Arts Council England, to the board of Channel 4, in a U-turn after the culture secretary had blocked her appointment a year ago.
Efunshile was the only one of five candidates for Channel 4’s board to be rejected by Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, last November. The other four were white men.
Ofcom is responsible for finding, vetting and appointing Channel 4 non-executive directors, with the culture department usually approving its decisions.
The DCMS said at the time that it approved only the candidates that “met the specific skills and experiences set out in Ofcom’s advertised job descriptions”.