Prof Thomas O'Malley BA (Hons) (Birmingham), PhD (Glamorgan)

Prof Thomas O'Malley

Emeritus Professor

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Tom O'Malley taught previously at the Universities of East London and the University of Glamorgan. He has published on broadcasting and press history and policy in the UK and in Wales. He is co-founder and co-editor of the journal Media History, and a member of the Media History Centre at the University of Aberystwyth. He is an Honorary Associate of the Centre For Media History, Division of Humanities, Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia. He is on the Editorial Board of Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media. He has submitted evidence on media policy to the UK and Welsh Governments. He is a member of the National Council of the Campaign For Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

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  • Departmental Director of Research
  • Member of Departmental Management Committee
  • Member of Departmental Research Committee
  • Member of Departmental Staff Development Committee


Tom O'Malley's current and ongoing research interests are in the areas of media history in the UK; media policy in the UK; history of ideas about the media; media in Wales. He has supervised PhDs in international media, broadcasting history and contemporary television studies.

Dr Sian Nicholas and Professor Tom O'Malley were awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant bid to the value of ?249,785 for the project 'A social and cultural history of the British press in World War II (Leverhulme ref: RGP-085), commencing 1st September 2011. The three year project is managed by Dr Sian Nicholas (Principal Investigator, Department of History and Welsh History) and Professor Tom O'Malley (Co-Investigator). The project team comprises the Research Assistant, Dr Marc Wiggam and two PhD students, Ms C. Dale and Mr K. Lovell



Medhurst, J.L., Nicholas, S., O'Malley, T. 2016. Broadcasting in the 1950s in the UK and US: Historical Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne Cadair


O'Malley, T.P. 2013. The Response to Television in the UK 1947–77: A Study in the Media and Social Fear. In S. Nicholas., T. O'Malley. (eds) Moral Panics Social Fears and the Media: Historical Perspectives. 1st edn, Taylor & Francis, London Cadair

Nicholas, S., O'Malley, T. 2013. Moral Panics, Social Fears and the Media: Historical Perspectives. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies 1st edn, Taylor & Francis, London Cadair

O'Malley, T.P. 2013. Communications Policy and Social Change: Raymond Williams, the Left and Thinking about the Media. Key Words: Media Technology and Cultural Form. Spokesman pp. 12-26. Other Cadair


O'Malley, T. 2012. ‘History, Historians and the Writing of Print and Newspaper History in the UK, c.1945-1962’. Media History 18 ( 3-4) pp. 289-310 . 10.1080/13688804.2012.723492 Cadair


O'Malley, T.P. 2011. Wales, ITV and regulation. Cyfrwng 8 pp. 7-22. Cadair


Bailey, M., Holmes, S., Nicholas, S., O'Malley, T.P., Curran, J. 2010. 'Roundtable: Narrating Media History edited by Michael Bailey': Michael Bailey (Ed.), Narrating Media History . Media History 16 (2) pp. 233-251. 10.1080/13688801003656322 Cadair

O'Malley, T.P. 2010. The Government, the BBC and S4C: A submission to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into the Welsh Language Broadcaster S4C. Cadair


O'Malley, T., Jones, J. 2009. The Peacock Committee and UK Broadcasting Policy. Springer Nature Cadair


Nicholas, S., O'Malley, T.Williams, K. 2008. Reconstructing the Past: History in the Mass Media 1890-2005. Taylor & Francis Other Cadair


O'Malley, T., Griffiths, L. 2007. Media Literacy in Wales: a Critical Review of Industry and Education Policies. Cyfrwng pp. 7-23. Cadair

O'Malley, T. 2007. Typically Anti-American? The Labour movement, America and Broadcasting in Britain from Beveridge to Pilkington, 1949-62. In J. Wiener., M. Hampton. (eds) Anglo- American Media Interactions,1850-2000. Springer Nature pp. 234-253. Cadair


Barlow, D., O'Malley, T., Mitchell, P. 2005. The Media in Wales: Voices of a Small Nation. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press Cadair Other


O'Malley, T. 2002. Media History and Media Studies: aspects of the development of the study of media history in the UK 1945-2000. Media History 8 (2) pp. 155-173. 10.1080/1368880022000030522 Cadair


O'Malley, T. 2001. The decline of public service broadcasting in the UK 1979-2000. No News is Bad News: Radio, Television and the Public. Longman pp. 28-45. Cadair