Two down for Premier League as Davie rejects CEO position
English soccer's Premier League has suffered a fresh blow in its bid to replace Richard Scudamore, after Tim Davie rejected the chief executive position.
Davie is to stay on as chief executive of BBC Studios, the production and distribution arm of the public-service broadcaster.
His decision comes three weeks after Susanna Dinnage pulled out of the role, having only been announced as Scudamore's successor in November.
Dinnage, the global president of media giant Discovery's Animal Planet brand,
Davie, who was acting director general of the BBC from November 2012 to April 2013, was involved in the original recruitment process and narrowly missed out to Dinnage.
Tom Betts, strategy director of free-to-air commercial rival ITV, was also in the frame, but the Premier League may well have a hard choice convincing what is effectively its third choice that he is the man for the job.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck is leading the search for a replacement for Scudamore.
Premier League managing director Richard Masters will be the interim chief executive until the position is filled.
Scudamore stepped down last month having led the organisation for almost 20 years, initially as chief executive, and as executive chairman since 2014.
The Premier League is also searching for a non-executive chairman, after deciding to split Scudamore's responsibilities.