David Jordan

Director, Editorial Policy and Standards

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David Jordan, Director, Editorial Policy and Standards

Roles and responsibilities

  • David Jordan is Director, Editorial Policy and Standards.
  • David is responsible for the development and implementation of the BBC's editorial policy and standards as detailed in the official Editorial Guidelines.
  • He also provides advice to BBC programme-makers and journalists across all BBC services on how to produce content which complies with the BBC's editorial guidelines.
  • David also gives advice on other relevant content regulation such as the Ofcom broadcasting code.

Biography

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 gives pre-broadcast advice. The BBC’s Editorial Guidelines, for which he is responsible, set out the BBC’s approach to impartiality and the conduct of elections and the reporting of opinion polls. On 3 April 2017, David was also given responsibility for the BBC’s complaints processes.

David became a television journalist on London Weekend Television’s Weekend World, in 1984. The programme focussed on politics and current affairs. In 1988, he joined the BBC 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 RTS Best Domestic Documentary two years in a row, before returning to On The Record as Editor in 1992. He remained its Editor until 2003, interrupted only by a period on attachment as the BBC’s Chief Political Adviser. He founded The Westminster Hour on Radio Four and was the Executive Editor of Radio Four’s The Week in Westminster and the World Service’s People and Politics, as well as creating and editing a range of other political programmes for BBC television and radio.

David is a member of the Steering Committee of the Public Broadcasters’ International, the Executive Board of the Organisation of News Ombudsmen and the Board of the International Press Institute.

Remuneration received 2021/22

  • £180,000-£184,999

Expenses and central bookings

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Central bookings are costs incurred on behalf of the BBC and booked through the BBC's central bookings system. Both expenses and central bookings are published every three months.

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Gifts and Hospitality Register

Gifts and hospitality may only be accepted in line with BBC policy. Information about gifts and hospitality is published every three months.

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  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2022-23
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2021-22
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2021-22
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2021-22
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2021-22
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2020-21
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  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2020-21
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  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in 2018-19
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2017-18
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  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2017-18
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2017-18
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2016-17
  • David Jordan's Gifts and Hospitality Register Q3 2016-17
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2016-17
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2016-17
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2015-16
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2015-16
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2015-16
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2015-16
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2014-15
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2014-15
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2014-15
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2014-15
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2013-14
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2013-14
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2013-14
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2013-14
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2012-13
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2012-13
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2012-13
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2012-13
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2011-12
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2011-12
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2011-12
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2011-12
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2010-11
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2010-11
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2010-11
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2010-11
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2009-10
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2009-10
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2009-10
  • David Jordan had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2009-10

Declaration of personal interests

Staff must make a declaration of their personal and business interests, including any memberships or directorships of public or industry bodies, and any shareholdings, as well as any interests that their immediate families may also have.

A summary is published where there is something to declare and where there is nothing to declare. Occasionally an individual will have something to declare but due to the personal nature of the declaration we do not publish details as to do so would breach the General Data Protection Regulation.

This information is published annually, although if any amendments are made during the year an updated summary will be published if necessary as soon as it is available.

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