David Elstein is a former chair of openDemocracy's board. Previously he launched Channel 5 as its chief executive, worked for BSkyB as head of programming, was director of programmes at Thames Television, managing director of Primetime Productions and managing director of Brook Productions.
His career as a producer/director started at the BBC in 1964, and his production credits include 'The World At War', This Week, Panorama, Weekend World, A Week In Politics, 'Nosenko' and 'Concealed Enemies'.
He has been a visiting professor at the universities of Westminster, Stirling and Oxford. He has also chaired Sparrowhawk Media, the British Screen Advisory Council, the Commercial Radio Companies Association, Really Useful Theatres, XSN plc, Sports Network Group, Silicon Media Group, Civilian Content plc and the National Film and Television School. He was also a director of Virgin Media Inc, Marine Track Holdings plc and Kingsbridge Capital Advisors.
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