David Banks is a journalist of 25 years’ experience and a media consultant delivering training to a range of national and regional media, NGOs, government, charities, PR companies, universities and the police. He is a trainer who has created and managed successful courses in journalism, media law and production journalism.
He was co-author of 18th, 19th and 20th editions of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists, the standard text on media law, used daily for authoritative legal guidance in newsrooms and educational institutions across the UK.
He was a member of the Ministry of Justice advisory panel that examined reform of libel laws in 2010 and he also advised the MoJ on allowing greater media access to the family courts in the same year.
In 2011 he was invited to contribute to the inquiry by Lord Justice Leveson into the culture, practices and ethics of the press following the phone-hacking scandal.
He writes regularly on law and the media for The Guardian, The Independent and The Mirror and blogs on journalism and the law for New Statesman. He is a frequent contributor to BBC Breakfast as well as other TV and radio news programmes.
He is currently working on a major project delivering lawðics training to all members of editorial staff at the Trinity Mirror newspaper group.
David is a journalist who writes on media law and journalism for a range of publications, including The Guardian, the Daily Mirror, The Independent, MacUser and Hello! He blogs for New Statesman. If you would like to commission him to write for you, email him at the address below.
David is an experienced contributor to TV, radio and podcasts. He can offer expert analysis of media law, ethics, journalism practice and the newspaper industry. If you would like to talk to him about assisting your programme, please use the details on the contact page. He has contributed to programmes on the following stations:
BBC News 24
Sky News – Boulton&Co
BBC World Service
Radio 4 PM
Radio 4 The Media Show
BBC Radio Wales
Voice of Russia UK
Tel: 01653 690596
Mob: 07710 764998