New chief economist at Communications to lay out facts

The Department of Communications has hired a highly experienced telecommunications expert to head up its shiny new economic research bureau, which started working today.

Telecommunications and media consultant Dr Paul Paterson has been appointed to the newly created role of chief economist at the Department of Communications.

He will lead the department’s new Bureau of Communications Research, which was established today and is tasked with producing in-house economic research and market analysis. Paterson (pictured) started work at the department a fortnight ago.

“The bureau has been set up to ensure the department’s policy advice to the minister is fact-based,” he told The Mandarin.

The advertisement for the job, posted online in January, said the bureau would also “contribute to informing public debate and the community’s awareness of emerging trends in the communications sector”. On the chief economist’s role, the advertisement said:

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