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


Broadcasting in the 1950s in the UK and US: Historical PerspectivesMedhurst, J. L. (ed.), Nicholas, S. (ed.) & O'Malley, T. (ed.) 2016 Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 232 p.
The Response to Television in the UK 1947–77: A Study in the Media and Social FearO'Malley, T. P. 2013 Moral Panics Social Fears and the Media: Historical Perspectives. Nicholas, S. & O'Malley, T. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Taylor & Francis
Moral Panics, Social Fears and the Media: Historical PerspectivesNicholas, S. (ed.) & O'Malley, T. (ed.) 2013 1 ed. London: Taylor & Francis. 245 p. (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies)
Communications Policy and Social Change: Raymond Williams, the Left and Thinking about the MediaO'Malley, T. P. 2013 Key Words: Media Technology and Cultural Form.Spokesman, Vol. 11, p. 12-26
‘History, Historians and the Writing of Print and Newspaper History in the UK, c.1945-1962’O'Malley, T. 2012 In : Media History.18, 3-4, p. 289-310 22 p.
Wales, ITV and regulationO'Malley, T. P. 2011 In : Cyfrwng.8, p. 7-2216 p.
'Roundtable: Narrating Media History edited by Michael Bailey': Michael Bailey (Ed.), Narrating Media History Bailey, M., Holmes, S., Nicholas, S., O'Malley, T. P. & Curran, J. 2010 In : Media History.16, 2, p. 233-2514 p.
The Government, the BBC and S4C: A submission to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into the Welsh Language Broadcaster S4CO'Malley, T. P. 2010
The Peacock Committee and UK Broadcasting PolicyO'Malley, T. (ed.) & Jones, J. (ed.) 2009 Springer Nature. 296 p.
Reconstructing the Past: History in the Mass Media 1890-2005Nicholas, S. (ed.), O'Malley, T. (ed.) & Williams, K. 2008 Taylor & Francis. 192 p.
Media Literacy in Wales: a Critical Review of Industry and Education PoliciesO'Malley, T. & Griffiths, L. 2007 In : Cyfrwng.p. 7-2317 p.
Typically Anti-American? The Labour movement, America and Broadcasting in Britain from Beveridge to Pilkington, 1949-62O'Malley, T. 2007 Anglo- American Media Interactions,1850-2000. Wiener, J. & Hampton, M. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 234-25320 p.
The Media in Wales: Voices of a Small NationBarlow, D., O'Malley, T. & Mitchell, P. 2005 Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press.
Media History and Media Studies: aspects of the development of the study of media history in the UK 1945-2000O'Malley, T. 2002 In : Media History.8, 2, p. 155-17319 p.
The decline of public service broadcasting in the UK 1979-2000O'Malley, T. 2001 No News is Bad News: Radio, Television and the Public.Longman, p. 28-4518 p.