Dr David Levy | University of Oxford

Dr David Levy

Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism


Dr Levy has particular expertise in public service broadcasting, media regulation and the interaction between digital technology and media regulation both within the UK and Europe. 

Before joining the Reuters Institute he was Controller, Public Policy at the BBC until 2007 where he led the BBC's policy for the Charter Review and was in charge of public policy and regulation. Prior to his BBC policy role he worked as a journalist, first for the BBC World Service and then for BBC News and Current Affairs; as a radio producer and reporter on File on 4; as a TV reporter on Newsnight, and as Editor of Analysis on Radio 4.

In 2008 he served as the sole foreign member of the French Commission established by President Sarkozy to review the future of the French public service broadcaster, France Télévisions. He was a Board member of the French international broadcaster, France 24, between 2009 and 2012. He has been as a non-Executive member of the UK Statistics Authority since July 2012 and of the Content Board of the UK Communications Regulator Ofcom since 2011.


  • British public service broadcasting (BBC, Ofcom, Government policy etc)
  • French and EU policy towards public service broadcasting
  • Future of journalism
  • Financial pressures on journalism
  • Regulation of media and telecoms
  • Future of media regulation

Media experience

Dr Levy is a former journalist and comments regularly on media issues for outlets in the UK and abroad.