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Dr David Levy

Senior Research Associate

Dr David Levy was Director of the Reuters Institute from September 2008 to September 2018. During this period RISJ’s reach, reputation and impact all increased dramatically, along with a fourfold growth in funding. Together with Nic Newman, he created the Reuters Institute Digital News Report in 2012 and oversaw this until 2018, launched the Institute’s regular Editor in Chief/CEO and Public Service Heads of News meetings and was joint author or editor of multiple RISJ publications.

As Senior Research Associate he retains his interest in all developments in journalism and has particular expertise in public service broadcasting, media ownership and the interaction between news organisations, digital technology, platforms and media regulation. 

Recent experience includes acting as an independent expert on plurality to the New Zealand Commerce Commission’s consideration of a major media merger, giving evidence to the UK Competition and Market  Authority’s consideration of the planned 20th Century Fox/BskyB merger, and appearing at various UK parliamentary committees and EU policy fora.

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 a French parliamentary/expert commission reviewing the funding and governance of France Télévisions. He was a Board member of France 24, between 2009 and 2012, and a member of the Ofcom Content Board from 2011 to 2017.

As Controller, Public Policy at the BBC until 2007 he led the BBC's policy for the Charter Review and Licence Fee negotiations and was in charge of UK and EU public policy and regulation. Prior to his 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.

His publications 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' (RISJ 2010)  editorship of the annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report (RISJ 2012-18), joint author of UK Coverage of the EU Referendum (RISJ 2016) and sole author of a Working Paper on the Australian public broadcaster, the ABC (RISJ 2017).


He holds degrees from the Universities of York (BA), LSE (MA) and Oxford (DPhil) and attended the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD. He was a Governing Body fellow at Green Templeton College from 2008 to 2018 where he is now an Emeritus Fellow. He is also an Associate Member at Nuffield College. He has been a non-Executive Board member of the UK Statistics Authority since July 2012.