David Holmes (journalist)

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David Holmes (c. 1926 - February 2014) was a British journalist and broadcaster who served as the BBC's Political Editor from 1975 to 1980.[1][2]

He was educated at Allhallows School. In 1956 he became a BBC home news reporter and between 1961 and 1972 was an assistant political correspondent (Deputy Political Editor from 1970) before being appointed Political Editor in 1975.[3] In the same year he provided commentary on the first live transmission from the House of Commons on BBC Radio.[4] He was also (1971) first editor of BBC 4's arts programme 'Kaleidoscope'.

Holmes also had periods as a presenter and within BBC management, latterly as Chief Assistant to DG Director-General of the BBC and then Secretary, before retiring in 1985.

His second wife, journalist Linda Alexander, was a presenter on Newsnight between 1980 and 1983.


  1. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/letterbbc-and-bias-public-perceptions-counter-conservative-fears-1613225.html
  2. ^ Witts, Preston (21 March 2014). "Obituary: Former BBC political editor David Holmes". BBC News. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  4. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/june/9/newsid_2500000/2500721.stm
Media offices
Preceded by
Jack Hardiman Scott
Political Editor: BBC News
1975 - 1980
Succeeded by
John Simpson