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’s BBC Election Watch: Cruel Tories smashed the miners and gave us Brexit

Eh, lad, it’s grim oop north. That is, according to BBC correspondents when they venture there. Veteran reporter Hugh Sykes was up in Yorkshire yesterday for a series of special BBC Radio 4 World at One reports ostensibly about the issues of the General Election. His focus was the plight of the the 67,000 men […]

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David Keighley’s BBC Election Watch: Past it Paxman left Corbyn in the clear

Where are they when you need them? Broadcast interviewers who can cut the mustard and send politicians scurrying back to party HQs with their tails between their legs and looking for solace? Who is there who can sniff out and deal with obfuscation with scalpel-like precision? Jeremy Paxman, of course, is no longer with the BBC, […]

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David Keighley’s BBC Election Watch: On climate change, vote anyone but Tory (or, worse, Ukip)

At what point do BBC ‘correspondents’ cross the line from offering a properly judged and impartial assessment into propaganda and overt electioneering? News-watch surveys provide abundant evidence that it is all too often – and a new prime example was 556 words on the doctrine of climate alarmism from Roger Harrabin the BBC’s ‘environment analyst’ […]

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David Keighley’s BBC Watch: If everyone went to university and smoked pot, the Libs would walk it

Reporter Katie Razzall was recently given 10 minutes on Newsnight to explain why ‘uneducated’ voters had so rashly opted for Brexit and were more likely to vote Conservative or Ukip. It was a classic example of the BBC’s rearguard action to champion liberal values and globalism, and to heap clichéd derision on the Leave side. […]

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David Keighley’s BBC Election Watch: Two thirds back Leave but let’s keep it a secret

Since June 23, the BBC has been working with a passion to tell us why Brexit won’t work. Any reason, every reason, will do. This frenzy was so great in the immediate aftermath that they assembled a cast of ‘experts’ to tell us that there would be rioting on the streets because of food supply […]

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David Keighley’s BBC Election Watch: Today sticks the knife into Ukip

The Today programme’s election centrepiece yesterday was a visit to Bath University by presenter Justin Webb, ostensibly to explore what they clearly saw as one of the burning issues of the campaign: the ‘progressive alliance’. And bingo! En route, they managed to find a new way of showing how unpopular Ukip is. Somewhat unusually for […]

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