Tim Davie, a senior executive with UK public-service broadcaster the BBC, has become the latest person to reject the opportunity to succeed Richard Scudamore as head of football’s English Premier League, according to multiple reports.
The BBC today (Thursday) said Davie, chief executive of commercial division BBC Studios, has told his team he is staying in his role.
The news comes after Susanna Dinnage last month revealed she would not be taking up the role as Premier League chief executive.
Dinnage, who had been confirmed as the replacement for Scudamore in November, shocked the league on December 30, when she advised the nominations committee that she had reversed her decision, opting instead to remain with broadcast group Discovery, where she is the global president of Animal Planet.
At the time, Davie, along with Tom Betts, director of strategy for UK commercial broadcaster ITV, had reportedly been on the original shortlist for the Premier League job. Following Dinnage’s decision, the Premier League is said to have then turned to Davie only for him to declare he is happy at the BBC.
Managing director Richard Masters is currently leading the Premier League in an interim capacity.