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, Kevin 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.
Previously (from 2006 to 2012), Kevin was Deputy Head of the BBC Newsroom and Controller of the BBC News channel and BBC News at One O’clock. Before that, he was Editor of the BBC Ten O’Clock News (from September 2003 until 2006).
Kevin was born in 1965 and attended Haberdasher’s Aske’s School in Elstree and then St John’s College, Cambridge, where he read French and German. After a brief spell with Price Waterhouse, he became a researcher, then assistant producer at the BBC Business and Economics Unit in 1989.
In 1990 Kevin became a producer on the BBC Nine O’Clock News. He was Europe Producer for BBC News in Brussels in 1994/5. From 1996 to 2001, he was assistant editor of the Nine O’Clock and Ten O’Clock News. From 2001 to 2003 he was an editor on BBC News 24.
In 2004, the Ten O’Clock News received a BAFTA for its coverage of the Madrid bombing, and a Royal Television Society Award for News Programme of the Year. The Ten won a second BAFTA in 2005 for coverage of the July 7 bombings in London. The programme also won an RTS News Event award for its coverage of the Darfur crisis in 2004 and in 2007, the BBC News channel won a Golden Nymph for the coverage of the Lebanon War. The BBC News channel won RTS News Channel of the Year for 2005 and 2008.
Kevin was in Washington to cover both the Bill Clinton and George W Bush elections and the political aftermath of 9/11. He also produced the news coverage of the Hong Kong handover in 1997. He produced the BBC’s coverage of President Obama’s Inauguration in January 2009.
Outside work, Kevin was a Magistrate from 2000 until 2006. He is interested in languages, history, film, travel and is a lifelong Chelsea supporter.