David Jessel

David Jessel

TV and radio news presenter and reporter David Jessel started his career in the newsroom at BBC Birmingham in 1967.

His big break came in 1968 when he covered the Paris riots for BBC Radio 4's 'World at One'.

His was the first voice on LBC - the first independent radio station in Britain.


He then moved into television current affairs covering subjects ranging from wars and earthquakes to elections.

But most of his working life has been spent in identifying and championing victims of miscarriages of justice.  He's probably best remembered for writing and presenting programmes such as 'Rough Justice' and for his campaigns on behalf of victims of miscarriages of justice.   Many convictions, mostly for murder, have been quashed as a result of this work.

He has also been a regular presenter of BBC World TV News, and guest interviewer on its flagship 'HardTalk' programme.

He has recently retired after ten years as the senior Commissioner - appointed by HM on the recommendation of the Prime Minister – at one of the country’s most challenging and respected public bodies – the Criminal Cases Review Commission.  The Commission decides whether or not to send back to the Court cases where there is new, evidence-based concern about the safety of criminal convictions.

He also sit as a member of the Code Compliance Tribunal of Phone Pay Plus (an arms-length regulator with OfCom of Premium Rate Services) and adjudicates alleged breaches of the Code, imposing fines of up to £250,000. For six years he was a member of the Advertising Standards Authority’s independent Advisory Committee.

He now spends most of his time devising and conducting tailor-made media training packages, and chairing/facilitating conferences and hypotheticals.