People

Dr
David
Levy
Director

David Levy has been RISJ Director since September 2008. As Director he has an overview of all the Institute’s activities. As well as covering the full range of issues around developments in journalism he has particular expertise in public service broadcasting, media plurality and regulation and the interaction between digital technology and media regulation both within the UK and Europe. 

Before joining the 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 & 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.

He was a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po in Paris from April to June 2012 and in 2008 served as the sole foreign member of the French Commission which reviewed 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, and of the Content Board of the UK Communications Regulator Ofcom from 2011 to 2017. He has been a non-Executive member of the UK Statistics Authority since July 2012 and joined the UK Advisory Board of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in 2017. He spent two months in Australia in late 2016 researching a paper on the ABC (see below) and giving talks at the University of Sydney and for a Conference organised by the University of Canberra. During late 2016/early 2017 he also acted as an expert advisor on media plurality to the New Zealand Commerce Commission as they considered the proposed merger of NZME and Fairfax New Zealand and, with Robin Foster, in November 2016 jointly authored an expert report on their draft determination. (see below)  

His publications (full list below) include ‘Europe's Digital Revolution: Broadcasting Regulation, the EU and the Nation State’, Routledge 1999/2001, and joint editor with Rasmus Kleis Nielsen of 'The Changing Business of Journalism and its Implications for Democracy' (Reuters Institute 2010)and joint editorship with Nic Newman of the annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report (Reuters Institute 2012-17).

He speaks regularly at industry and academic events and writes for various outlets including the European Journalism Observatory http://en.ejo.ch/ where RISJ is the UK host institution. Articles by him can also be found under the news section of the website.

In addition to his role as Director of the RISJ, Dr Levy is a Governing Body Fellow of Green Templeton College, and a member of the General Purposes Committee of the Department of Politics and International Relations. He holds degrees from the Universities of York, LSE and Oxford, where he did his DPhil at Nuffield College where he is an Associate Member.

Articles

Levy, D, Social Media, Trust, and Polarisation: Digital News Report 2017, European Journalism Observatory, 22.6.16 

Levy, D with Fletcher, R, Paying for Online News: Does Public Broadcasting make a Difference?, European Journalism Observatory, 14.6.16 

Levy, D with Fletcher, R Digital News Report: More Mobile, Video and Global Platforms, European Journalism Observatory, 16.6.15

Levy, D, Japanese Newspapers: Losing Out Online, European Journalism Observatory 23.09.14

Levy, D, News Organisations which Will Succeed in 2020, European Journalism Observatory 13.03.14

Levy, D, A True Romance. How Media Brands Need to Get Online, European Journalism Observatory 02.07.13

Levy, D, Paying for the BBC, Guardian 18.08.08

Levy, D, It’s Sarko TV, Guardian 14.07.08

Levy, D. A.L  Télévision publique ou télévision d’Etat, Le Monde, 02.07.08

Levy, D. (August 1997), "Regulating Digital Broadcasting in Europe: The Limits of Policy Convergence", West European Politics

Levy, D. (August 1997), "The Regulation of digital conditional access systems: A case study in European policy making", Telecommunications Policy

Reports

D. A. L. Levy (2017) The ABC: a case study in updating PSB in politically polarised and cash-strapped times, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford 

D. A. L. Levy & R. Foster (2016) Impact of the proposed NZME/Fairfax merger on media Impact of the proposed NZME/Fairfax merger on media plurality in New Zealand: expert review of the Commerce Commission’s Draft Determination Document Commission’s Draft Determination Document, New Zealand Commerce Commission

D. A.L. Levy., B. Aslan., & D. Bironzo (2016) UK Press Coverage of the EU Referendum, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford

R. Fletcher., D. A. L. Levy., R. Nielsen., & N. Newman (Editors) Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2016, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 2016

R. Fletcher., D. Radcliffe., D. A. L. Levy., R. Nielsen., & N. Newman (Editors) Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2015: Supplementary Report, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 2015

D. A. L. Levy., R. Nielsen., & N. Newman (Editors) Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2015, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 2015

D. A. L. Levy & N. Newman (Editors) Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2014: Tracking the Future of News, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 2014

R. Sambrook, S. Terrington & D. A. L. Levy (2013) The Public Appetite for Foreign News on TV and Online, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford

D. A. L. Levy & N. Newman (Editors) Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2013: Tracking the Future of News, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 2013

D. A. L. Levy & N. Newman (Editors) Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2012: Tracking the Future of News, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 2012

Books

N. Bowles, J. T. Hamilton, D. A. L. Levy (2013) Transparency in Politics and the Media: Accountability and Open Government, IB Tauris

D. A. L. Levy & R. G. Picard (2011) Is there a Better Structure for News Providers? The Potential In Charitable and Trust Ownership, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford

D. A. L. Levy & R. Kleis Nielsen (Editors) The Changing Business of Journalism and its Implications for Democracy, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 2010

T. Gardam & D. A. L Levy (editors) The Price of Plurality, Choice, Diversity and Broadcasting Institutions in the Digital Age, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 2008

Levy, D.A.L, An Independent NHS: What’s in it for patients and citizens?, Picker Institute, Oxford www.pickereurope.org

Levy, D. (1999/2001), Europe’s Digital Revolution: Broadcasting regulation, the EU and the nation state, Routledge

D. Helm et al (2005), (jointly edited) Can the Market Deliver? Funding Public Service TV in the Digital Age, John Libbey

Book chapters

Levy, D (2008) “Towards a New Communications Act”, in Gardam & Levy (Eds), The Price of Plurality, Reuters Institute, 2008

Levy, D. (2003) "The European Information Society", in Rhodes (Ed), Developments in West European Politics, Macmillan

Levy, D. (2003) "The UK Model of Public Service Broadcasting", in Eds F Sojcher & P. Benghozi (Eds) Quel modèle audiovisuel européene, L’Harmattan