The prime minister has also reportedly requested that arch BBC critic Lord Charles Moore - former editor of The Telegraph - take over as chair of the UK's national broadcaster.
If successful, the move to usher two right-wing Brexiteers into the top roles in British television could see the UK’s media landscape significantly altered.
Both men have previously been outspoken critics of the BBC, of which right-wing criticism has intensified in recent months over what is viewed as its disproportionately left-wing comedy output, with opponents also accusing it of pandering to “woke” culture.
“We will launch the application process for the new chair of the BBC shortly," a Department for Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson said. “It is an open recruitment process and all public appointments are subject to a robust and fair selection criteria.”