David Keighley

David Keighley

Former BBC news producer, BBC PR executive and head of corporate relations for TV-am. Director of News-watch.
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David Keighley BBC Watch: BBC’s news boss Harding jumps ship – more Fake News?

So. Farewell then, BBC Director of News, James Harding. He is quitting his £340,000-a-year post to set up an ’exciting new venture’ with a ‘distinct approach to news’. Sources say he’s been frustrated by the constraints of his current role. Corporation Director General Tony Hall declared that he had done an ‘incredible job’ since his […]

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David Keighley’s BBC Watch: There’s no bias against Brexit. Why? Because Nick Robinson says so

The BBC seems to have appointed Radio 4 Today presenter Nick Robinson as its defender-in-chief. Back in April, he told those who thought the Corporation was biased against Brexit that they were wrong. The referendum was over, so there was no longer a need to strike a balance between the two sides. He has been in […]

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David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Accentuate the negative: Dimbleby’s Brexit obsession

This weekend’s edition of Radio 4’s Any Questions? contained a telling – and in the BBC bias stakes, wearyingly predictable – spat between the host, Jonathan Dimbleby, and panellist Charles Moore, ex-editor of the Daily Telegraph. Mr Moore, in discussion about the impact of leaving the EU, made the perfectly reasonable observation that the BBC […]

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David Keighley’s BBC watch: This foul slur against Farage must be corrected

Nigel Farage this week complained directly to Lord Hall, the director general of the BBC, about the news reports which contained the wrongful claim that he had ‘blood on his hands’ for the death last August of a Polish man, who the corporation also sensationally and wrongfully alleged had been murdered in a frenzied, unprovoked […]

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David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Never mind making better programmes, diversity is all that counts

Last week, the key people responsible for making UK television programmes gathered for the biennial Royal Television Society Cambridge convention, aimed at tackling the main issues facing the industry. What emerged from the gathering rammed home that as long as public subsidy drives and feeds the industry, those managing it seem less concerned with entertaining […]

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David Keighley’s BBC Watch: BBC bias turns street scuffle into anti-Brexit cause celebre

On August 31 last year, the £1billion taxpayer-funded BBC news machine went into what can only be described as incontinent anti-Brexit overdrive in response to the killing of a Polish man in Essex. This, its headlines declared, was being regarded as a race hate killing triggered by the Brexit vote two months earlier. It emerged […]

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