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Kevin Bakhurst

Group Director, Content and Media Policy, Ofcom, UK

Kevin Bakhurst

Kevin Bakhurst has been Group Director, Content and Media Policy at Ofcom since October 2016. He oversees Ofcom’s broadcast regulation and policy. He is a member of Ofcom’s Executive Board (Policy and Management Board) and Ofcom’s Content Board.

From 2012 until 2016, Mr Bakhurst was Managing Director, News and Current Affairs and Deputy Director General at Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ. During this period, he was also Acting Director General for several months.

From 1990 to 2012, Mr Bakhurst has had a long and distinguished career in BBC News, latterly as Deputy Head of the BBC Newsroom and Controller of the BBC News channel and BBC News at One O'clock. When he was Editor of the BBC Ten O'Clock News, the programme received a BAFTA for its coverage of the Madrid bombing, and a Royal Television Society Award for News Programme of the Year. This was the first of many awards, covering, among other areas, humanitarian crises and political issues.

After a brief spell with Price Waterhouse, he became a researcher, then assistant producer at the BBC Business and Economics Unit in 1989.

Mr Bakhurst served as a Magistrate from 2000 until 2006. He attended St John's College, Cambridge, where he read French and German.

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