David A. L. Levy
David Levy specialises in questions of media policy, regulation, funding and governance primarily within the UK and the EU. He has over 20 years experience of the media sector both as a reporter and programme editor and in leading major policy and regulatory negotiations to a successful conclusion.
Key experience includes playing a key role in the successful negotiation of the BBC Charter and licence fee and in developing and applying the pioneering Public Value Test as applied to new services. He is a member of the Board (Conseil d'Administration) of the International Broadcaster France 24, and was the sole foreign member of the 2008 French Parliamentary Commission examining the future funding and regulation of France Televisions. He served as a member of the Science and Media committee appointed by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills which reported in January 2010. He acts as an expert adviser to a major UK broadcaster, was commissioned by OFCOM to jointly edit a book on plurality in public service broadcasting, is Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and an Associate Fellow in Media and Communications and Media Sector consultant at the University's Said Business School.
In Autumn 2007 he was a visitor to the Center for Global Communications Studies at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. www.global.asc.upenn.edu
Until September 2007 he was Controller, Public Policy at the BBC where was in charge of UK & EU policy, engagement with the converged communications regulator, Ofcom and government affairs. He successfully led the BBC's Charter Review & Licence Fee policy through its most testing review to date and was responsible for the management dimensions of the pioneering Public Value Test as applied to new services.
He has long experience of the regulatory framework for broadcasting, having led the BBC's input to the 1996 Broadcasting Act, the 2003 Communications Act, the European Communications Framework review, and the first Ofcom Review of Public Service Television.
He previously worked in BBC News as a reporter, producer, and editor, reporting for File on 4 on Radio 4, for Newsnight on BBC 2 and editing the weekly public policy programme, Analysis on Radio 4.
He has published a book on national and EU approaches to regulation and convergence, Europe's Digital Revolution; Broadcasting Policy, the EU & the Nation State, (Routledge) and is the author of The European Information Society in M. Rhodes & P. Heywood, Developments in West European Politics, (Macmillan) along with a variety of other articles. He is a regular speaker both at industry & academic conferences and writes for and is interviewed by media in Britain and France.
David Levy lives and works in Oxford. He was a graduate student at Nuffield College, where he completed a Doctorate in Modern History, and later an academic visitor there.
Key areas of expertise
&transnational regulation, and the wider debate over the governance and organisation of public sector bodies.
- 1. Media policy, technology & regulation in the UK and internationally
- 2. Modernising Public Service Broadcasting
- 3. Governance, Regulation and accountability within the public and regulated sectors
Recent and Current Work
- Keynote speaker at C.K Akerlund 2010 lecture at the University of Tampere under the title of Beyond Fatalism, new perspectives on the future of public interest journalism
- Adviser to OECD work on the Future of News on the Internet
- Chaired Plenary panel and local news panel at Oxford Media Convention, January 2010
- Expert Advisor to Plum Consulting project on Entertainment Scenarios for 2028 for UK Regulator, Ofcom, February 2009
- Member of the 2008 French Commission pour la nouvelle télévision publique looking at the future of the French public service broadcaster, France Télévisions matelepublique.fr
- Joint editorof Ofcom commissioned book of essays examining the future of UK public service broadcasting, The Price of Plurality: Choice, Diversity and Broadcasting Institutions in the Digital age, ofcom.org, reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk
- Author of An Independent NHS: What's in it for patients and citizens? Report examining potential lessons for NHS organisation from the broadcast sector and notions of public value pickereurope.org