Tim Franks, who was born in Birmingham, joined the BBC in 1990. In November 2006, it was announced that he (and Katya Adler) would be moving to the BBC's Jerusalem bureau.
He is a graduate of the Habonim Dror Zionist youth movement (source: this Wikipedia page on 8 June 2007). Has Mr. Franks renounced his support for Zionism? If not, does the BBC really think that he can be an unbiased reporter on events in Palestine?
Ian Burrell reports (10 June 2010):
Franks, who has a degree in Chinese from Oxford University, is a highly experienced BBC foreign correspondent who joined the World Service 20 years ago. He was Washington correspondent in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001 and spent five years as Europe correspondent, based in Brussels. He has presented the Radio 4 programmes The World at One and The World This Weekend.