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Just one small elaboration. I think the point about DNA is definitely important. I can't speak for editors and the press on this, but it is definitely true to say that the former broadcasters who Colette has been referring to, one of the reasons that we feel very comfortable with those individuals and I think it's worked well is because they come into Ofcom and their DNA and their attitude to it is that they respect the regulatory regime that's been in place for many years, that they actually feel as a matter of principle that their purpose is to uphold its principles and its objectives, and therefore what we find is that there is really no risk whatever of them being somehow proxies for the broadcaster or those who are being regulated. What they actually tend to do is come and says, "I spent 30 years working to these standards and I'm determined to uphold them in the future".

So I think your point about DNA and attitude and experience from the past is very important, because what you wouldn't want is somebody with industry experience coming in and then seeking to fight a battle of the past in the new regulatory regulator.

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