David Jordan,
PBI Secretary-General

David Jordan is Secretary-General of Public Broadcasters International from January 1st 2021.

David Jordan became the BBC’s Director, Editorial Policy & Standards, in October 2007. Prior to that, he had been Controller of Editorial Policy since December 2005 and the BBC’s Chief Adviser, Politics for the two previous years. In all these roles David and his team give pre-broadcast advice but in April 2017 David was also been given responsibility for overseeing the BBC’s complaints processes. David is responsible for producing the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines,

David became a television journalist on London Weekend Television’s Weekend World in 1984: the programme focussed on politics and current affairs. He joined the BBC in 1988 to help set up its flagship political programme On The Record. He became its Deputy Editor in 1989 and then Deputy Editor of the Current Affairs flagship Panorama in 1990, where he edited the programmes awarded the Royal Television Society’s best domestic documentary two years in a row, before returning to On The Record as its Editor in 1992. He remained its Editor until 2003, interrupted only by a period on attachment as the BBC’s Chief Political Adviser. Whilst Editor of On the Record he founded The Westminster Hour for BBC Radio Four as well as creating and editing a range of other political programmes for BBC television and radio. He later became the Executive Editor of Radio Four’s The Week in Westminster and the World Service’s People and Politics.

David is a member of the Executive Board of the Organisation of News Ombudsmen and the Board of the International Press Institute, a Board Trustee of the BBC Pension Scheme and a member of the UK’s Defence, Security and Media Advisory Committee (DSMA).

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