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: Fairhead is just a BBC figurehead. Power lies with the faceless placemen of the liberal Left

Rona Fairhead, who David Cameron has parachuted in as new chairman of the BBC, is being grilled about her approach to the role by the Commons Culture and Sport Committee on Tuesday – and already questions of conflict of interest are being asked. A former chief executive of the Financial Times group, she still owns […]

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David Keighley: Cliff Richard is guilty until proven innocent thanks to BBC news thugs

Commons Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz has told the BBC after hearing evidence about the Cliff Richard home search saga that it has done nothing wrong. Pardon?  Which moral-free universe does he inhabit? This goes to the heart of journalistic ethics, and he appears to be condoning the worst form of alley-cat behaviour by […]

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David Keighley: Is Rona Fairhead’s likely appointment as BBC chief another inside job?

It seems that, barring major left-field interventions, Rona Fairhead, former boss of the Financial Times group, is in line to become next chairman of the BBC, in succession to the disastrous Lord Patten. What’s clear about Ms Fairhead, the government’s official ‘preferred candidate’, according  to the weekend press,  is that she is a career manager – […]

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David Keighley: Multiculturalism slays Rotherham’s young girls

It’s almost beyond parody, but the motto of Rotherham Council emblazoned on all its communications to the outside world that it is a metropolitan borough ‘where everyone matters’. The grubby, right-on fingerprints of NewLabour’s approach to ‘public relations’ are all over the phrase. Let’s put the abuse figure into context. According to the local Children’s […]

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David Keighley: Talk about a lame excuse. The BBC blames media ‘competition’ for traducing Cliff Richard

The latest twist in the BBC-Cliff Richard saga is that Corporation news chiefs are blaming ‘competitive pressure’ for their decision to launch what’s been called a witch-hunt against the singer. And director general Tony Hall is being hauled before the Commons home affairs committee to explain the Corporation’s role in the police search of Sir Cliff’s home […]

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David Keighley: The BBC’s recall of the despicable Jonathan Ross is a disgrace. Is Helen Boaden responsible?

How does the BBC define standards of behaviour? Clearly  that’s a very tricky subject – especially in a society under pressure to relax them in so many ways. But make no mistake, what Jonathan Ross said on the BBC airwaves about Andrew Sachs’s daughter and the way he treated the Sachs himself was both obscene […]

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