Dr Jamie Medhurst BA (Hons), MLib, PhD, FRHistS, FHEA

Dr Jamie Medhurst


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I joined the Department in 1996 and was the first degree scheme co-ordinator for the (then) new degree scheme in Film and Television Studies. Prior to my arrival, I was a pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen (1979-86) and then studied History at Aberystwyth (1986-89), followed by a Masters degree in Information Studies (my dissertation looked at the history of broadcasting and broadcasting archives in Wales). I spent three months as a librarian at BBC Wales in Cardiff and three months working for a national information service for schools. I have been a member of staff in the Department since 1996 (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and now Reader) and have taken on various administrative and managerial roles: Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts (2005-2008), Departmental Director of Learning and Teaching (2007-2010) and Head of Department (January 2011 - July 2014). I'm married to Ceris, the Institute PG/Research Portfolio Manager, and we have two daughters - Alice and Lucie - and a son, Henry.

Additional Information

I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Higher Education Academy and am an external examiner at the University of Stirling (MSc Media Management) and Chief External Examiner in the Arts and Creative Industries at the University of the West of England.

I have reviewed papers for Contemporary Wales, Critical Studies in Television, Media History and Twentieth Century British History together with book proposals for Routledge, Sage Publications and Palgrave-Macmillan. I am Lead Editor of Media History, an Honorary Associate of the Centre for Media History, Maquarie University, Australia and a member of the Institute of Welsh Affairs Media Policy Group. I am Co-Director of the University's Centre for Media Historyand am a member of the National Library of Wales' Broadcast Archive Expert Advisory Board and the BBC Connected Histories Advisory Board .



Broadcasting history (especially early television in the 1920s and 1930s and television developments in the 1950s and 1960s); media history and historiography; television archives.

External Research Grants/Awards:

Arts and Humanities Research Council (£23,230), September 2008-January 2009 - research leave to complete a book (A History of Independent Television in Wales, 1956-1968).

British Academy Small Research Grant (£3117), November 2008-August 2009 - 'The Early Years of Television and the BBC, 1923-1939'.

British Academy Overseas Conference Grant (£200), 'Television: the experimental moment 1935-1955', University of Paris 8, 27-29 May 2009.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (£33,000), February 2010-January 2012 - international research network on broadcasting history.

Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant (£113,813), September 2016-August 2019 - Television and Society in Wales in the 1970s

supervision and examining

I have supervised - and am supervising - a number of MPhil and PhD students. I have examined a number of PhD theses in areas including public service broadcasting, Welsh language journalism, local radio in England, representations of Wales in documentary and interactive television drama. I would be interested to hear from any potential research students wishing to explore any aspect of media history/policy or issues surrounding media and national identity.

I am Research Leader for the Media Industries and Institutions cluster in the Department

Office Hours (Student contact times)

  • Monday 09.00-11.00
  • Wednesday 12.00-13.00



Medhurst, J. 2017. 'What a Hullabaloo!': Launching BBC Television in 1936 and BBC2 in 1964. Journal of British Cinema and Television Cadair


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

Medhurst, J. 2016. Beveridge and Broadcasting in the 1950s. In J. Medhurst., S. Nicholas., T. O'Malley. (eds) Broadcasting in the 1950s in the UK and US: Historical Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne pp. 29-47. Cadair

Medhurst, J. 2016 (In press). Theatre, Film and Television in the twentieth century. In G. Evans., H. Fulton. (eds) The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature. Cambridge University Press Cadair


Medhurst, J. 2014. Researching the history of television drama in Wales. Symposium on Forgotten Television Drama. Cadair


Medhurst, J.L. 2011. Comment definer le media: la préhistoire de la television au Royaume-Uni' (1923-1936). Télévision: le moment expérimental. Éditions Apogée pp. 151-161. Cadair


Medhurst, J. 2010. Early television as a symbol of national prestige in Europe. European Communication Research and Education Association. Cadair

Medhurst, J. 2010. 'Delivering a fatal blow to British industry’: the BBC and television in the 1930s. Symposium on Broadcasting in the 1930s. Cadair

Medhurst, J.L. 2010. A History of Independent Television in Wales. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press Cadair

Medhurst, J.L. 2010. Speaking Your Kind of Language? ITV in Wales. Cyfrwng 7 pp. 7-20. Cadair


Medhurst, J. 2009. ‘The One-Eyed Devil': television in Wales in the 1950s and 1960s. IAMHIST 2009 conference: Social Fears and Moral Panics. Cadair

Medhurst, J. 2009. Defining the Medium: the pre-history of television in the UK, 1923-1936. Television: the experimental moment - from invention to institution (1935-1955) conference. Cadair


de Leeuw, S., Dhoest, A., Gutierez Lozano, J.F., Heinderyckx, F., Koivunen, A., Medhurst, J. 2008. TV Nations or Global Medium? European Television Between National Institution and Window on the World. In J. Bignell., A. Fickers. (eds) European Television History. 1stth edn, Wiley pp. 127-153. Cadair

Medhurst, J.L. 2008. Television in Wales, 1950-70. In J. Bignell., A. Fickers. (eds) A European Television History. Wiley pp. 147-150. Cadair

Medhurst, J.L. 2008. History of Public Service Broadcasting. In W. Donsbach. (ed) The International Encyclopedia of Communication. Volume IX. Wiley pp. 3947-3951. Cadair

Medhurst, J. 2008. ‘Minorities with a Message’: The Beveridge Report on Broadcasting (1949–1951) and Wales. Twentieth Century British History 19 (2) pp. 217-233.


Medhurst, J. 2007. Narrating the Stateless Nation: a case study of Welsh television. Narrating the Nation: television narratives and national identities conference. Cadair

Medhurst, J. 2007. Piecing Together Mammon’s Television: a case study in historical television research. In H. Wheatley. (ed) Re-viewing Television History: Critical Issues in Television History. I.B. Tauris pp. 127-141. Cadair


Medhurst, J. 2005. Mammon's Television?: ITV in Wales 1959-63. In C. Johnson., R. Turnock. (eds) ITV Cultures: Independent Television over 50 Years. Open University Press pp. 88-107.


Medhurst, J. 2004. 'You say a minority, sir, we say a nation': The Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting (1960-62) and Wales. Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review 22 (2) pp. 109-136.

Medhurst, J. 2004. Wales Television - Mammon's Television? ITV in Wales in the 1960's. Media History 10 (2) pp. 119-131.

Medhurst, J. 2004. “You say a minority, Sir; we say a nation”: The Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting (1960-62) and Wales. Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review 22 (2) pp. 109-136. Cadair


Medhurst, J. 2003. Competition and Change in British Television. In M. Hilmes., J. Jacobs. (eds) The Television History Book. Television, Media & Cultural Studies BFI Publishing Cadair

Medhurst, J. 2003. Television in Wales, 1960-80. In M. Hilmes., J. Jacobs. (eds) The Television History Book. Television, Media & Cultural Studies BFI Publishing Cadair


Medhurst, J. 2002. Teledu Cymru: Menter Gyffrous neu Freuddwyd Ffôl? In G. H. Jenkins. (ed) Cof cenedl XVII: ysgrifau ar hanes Cymru. Gwasg Gomer | Gomer Press pp. 167-193. Cadair

Medhurst, J. 2002. Servant of Two Tongues: the demise of TWW. Llafur 8 (3) pp. 79-87. Cadair


Medhurst, J. 1998. The mass media in twentieth century Wales. In E. Rees., P. H. Jones. (eds) A Nation and its Books: A History of the Book in Wales. Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru | National Library of Wales pp. 329-340. Cadair