David James Bailey MBE:
A self-motivated, creative and dynamic professional Information Operations Practitioner, with over eighteen years of operational “Front Line” experience of Influence Activity Broadcast management, training and latterly Social Media integration.
An individual possessing a wide range of development, training, studio and outside broadcast skills that have been refined through establishing and building up internationally recognised military and civilian operated radio stations in the South Caucasus, post conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina, Southern Afghanistan, and Kosovo with NATO/KFOR and ISAF.
A flexible Influence Activity practitioner and trainer, who is accustomed to working in a highly pressurised environment as well as trouble shooting on a daily basis.
• Innovative use of Social Media Platforms to deliver IO Campaigns and Messaging.
• Creative and Dynamic Social Media Skills Trainer.
• Able to develop and manage complex Broadcast Projects from scratch.
• Ability to source, train and manage teams of radio broadcasters.
• Highly successful and effective broadcast skills trainer.
• Designer of impact winning radio programming.
• Develop and implement effective inter-active radio programming.
• Can produce high quality audio packages.
• Current in all industry standard audio editing software.
• Experienced broadcaster.
• IT literate.
2011- Present Day
Digital and Social Media Content Creator and Trainer:
Consultant advising on the implementation and development of “Social Media” platforms to support both Military and NGO projects in transitional environments.
Designing and Conducting Social Media Training courses, sessions and workshops.
Implementing OnlIne Broadcasting for Military and Independent journalism projects.
NATO ISAF (Afghanistan)
Editor-in-Chief CJPOTF Radio
Managing the news and speech output, on a day to day basis, for Radio Sada-e Azadi and it’s Dari and Pashtu language broadcast services.
Designing and implementing a results related, effects based broadcast solution, supporting ISAF Influence Activity Mission Aims
NATO AF SOUTH (Kosovo)
Developing and managing, on a day to day basis, Radio KFOR and it’s 2 separate language broadcast services.
Designing and implementing a results related, effects based broadcast solution, supporting KFOR Influence Activity Mission Aims
Canadian Forces, Ontario, Canada
Self Employed Consultant
Advising the Canadian Forces (CF) on the best use of Broadcasting to support Operations and developing dynamic turn key solutions to assist the CF achieve Mission Success.
Designed the physical infrastructure required for Rana FM
(a CF Influence Activity radio station broadcasting in the Pashto language). Supervised the installation of all technical broadcast equipment.
Pioneered delivering the programme feed to Kandahar from Kingston, Ontario, Canada via satellite in “Real Time”.
Selected, trained and mentored a “no initial skills base” team of personality broadcasters and broadcast journalists to deliver an effective programme schedule.
Designed a programme format that made the station an attractive listening option for Kandaharis across Kandahar Province.
Delivered a proven, Results Related, Effect Based solution to the client
Oksigen FM, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
1998 – 2005
Information Operations Broadcast Manager
UK Territorial Army Officer and latterly UK Government Information Officer
Launched “Oksigen FM” an Information Operations Radio station, recognised as the first truly multi-cultural youth radio station in post war Bosnia and Herzegovina broadcasting 24/7/365. Trained and managed a team of 14 local presenters in professional western broadcast techniques and standards from scratch. Oksigen FM made significant and demonstrable inroads in promoting tolerance across the multi ethnic divide in Bosnia and Herzegovina and was viewed as the premier choice of listening for young Bosnians, with United Nations conducted audience research proving this. Oksigen FM successfully transitioned into the national media landscape as part of the Info Ops exit strategy.
Advised and briefed Prime Ministers to senior NATO and EUFOR Commanders as well as Information
Operations staffs on the effective deployment of Information Operations broadcasting assets.
Lectured on the UK Military Information Operations Course (MIOC).
Awarded “The Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service” (QCVS) in 1999 for services to broadcasting in the former Yugoslavia and admitted as a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty The Queen in 2002 for bringing divided “post conflict communities” together.
Lectured on radio programming for courses conducted by IREX Pro Media and for media courses held by universities in Bosnia.
Contributed to Radio stations on Balkans issues for UK radio stations: BBC Radio Berkshire, London’s LBC 97.3 and LBC 1152AM, Independent Radio News (IRN) and Global Radio News (GRN).
Irish station Today FM and for television, on Canada’s CBC TV.
Director Oracle Broadcasting Limited
Established the impetus and initial broadcasts to place Reading on the map for the award of a Small Scale Broadcast Licence by conducting “Reading 107”, a trial ILR station to Reading, Berkshire. Using a Restricted Service Licence. Responsible for all aspects of the project including training of staff (including volunteers from scratch), publicity and marketing campaigns and briefing regional and local media outlets.
Consultant to the Milestone Group
Organised and Planned “Show FM”, a mobile radio station broadcasting to large, high profile, outdoors events across the UK using Restricted Service Licences. Responsible for all aspects of running a mobile radio studio, presenter administration and FM transmission organisation for a radio service that changed location weekly over a seven-month period.
British Forces Broadcasting Services (BFBS), London and the Falkland Islands
1994 – 1996
Staff Producer and Presenter
Producer and presenter of the BFBS World-wide sequence show “Late from London” broadcasting 5 nights a week. Responsible for sourcing and interviewing high profile celebrity guests.
During 1996 was the assistant Station Manager with BFBS Falkland Islands responsible for the
day to day management of all programme elements and the scheduling of a local television service.
GWR Radio Group and British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS), London and the Home Counties
Freelance Presenter and Producer
Produced weekday breakfast shows for local radio station “Two Ten FM” in Reading, Berkshire. Responsible for the production and presentation of Traffic and Travel News. Responsible for all interactive programme elements.
Produced and managed BFBS broadcasting from the “Royal Tournament” in Earls Court, London to the armed forces audience via satellite to 11 FM radio stations world-wide.
Produced the BFBS 50th anniversary outside broadcast that covered some 4,000 miles over a 42-day period and delivered daily reports back to the UK.
HM Forces (Army)
1968 – 1993
Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)
A full army career, from apprentice vehicle mechanic to Commissioned officer in the Media Operations Group.
During the latter years was a volunteer broadcaster with local radio stations with the highlight being responsible for programme creation, production and development of the coverage of the Junior Army’s 5-week
mountaineering expedition to Ecuador in 1988. Coverage included daily “Live” reports from over 21,000ft
in the Ecuadorian Andes to Radio 210. Achieved (at that time) the record for the highest outside broadcast
without the use of Oxygen.
In 1992 planned, organised and managed the first garrison radio station to broadcast in the United Kingdom.
“Punch FM” broadcasting to Arborfield Garrison, Berkshire during October 1992 using a Restricted Service Licence
Guest Lecturer/Speaker at:
The Royal Danish Defence College, Copenhagen.
Public Affairs Regional Centre, Skopje, Macedonia.
28 PSYOP Regiment, Pesaro, Italy.
The NATO School, Oberammergau, Germany.
PfP Training Center, Ankara ,Turkey.
STRIKFORNATO – Lisbon, Portugal.
Peace Support Training Centre, Kingston, Ontario.
SMiD Conferences in London and Amsterdam.
UK Media Operations Group (Volunteers).
Peace Support Operations Training Centre, Sarajevo, BiH
City and Guilds 1970 Vehicle Mechanic
Army Apprentice College Arborfield 1968 English GCEs
Member of The Institute of Supervisory Management Since 1984
Member of the Radio Academy Since 1993
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) 2002
The Queens Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) 1999
Driving licence: Full, Clean UK
English and Colloquial German
Podcasting, Vlogging, Blogging. World Music, Travelling and Reading.
References: Available on request