Dr Jamie Medhurst

BA (Hons), MLib, PhD, FRHistS, FHEA

Dr Jamie Medhurst

Reader in Film,Television and Media

Contact Details


I have been a member of staff in the Department since 1996 (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and now Reader in Film, Television and Media and Deputy Head of Department) and have taken on various administrative and managerial roles during my time in Aberystwyth: 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. Outside of work I enjoy rugby (watching, more than playing these days!), following the ups and downs of Tottenham Hotspur FC, spending time with the children, and playing the organ at St Michael's Church in Aberystwyth.

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), Edge Hill University (BA Film, Television and Media) 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 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 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; television and society in Wales in the 1970s.

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


Deputy Head of Department

Co-Director of the University's Centre for Media History

Research Leader, Media Industries and Institutions Group

Lead Editor, Media History

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Wednesday 12.00-13.00
  • Friday 12.00-13.00


'What a Hullabaloo!': Launching BBC Television in 1936 and BBC2 in 1964Medhurst, J. 2017 In : Journal of British Cinema and Television.
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.
Beveridge and Broadcasting in the 1950sMedhurst, J. 2016 Broadcasting in the 1950s in the UK and US: Historical Perspectives. Medhurst, J., Nicholas, S. & O'Malley, T. (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 29-4719 p.
Theatre, Film and Television in the twentieth centuryMedhurst, J. 2016 (Accepted/In press) The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature. Evans, G. & Fulton, H. (eds.). Cambridge University Press
Researching the history of television drama in WalesMedhurst, J. 2014
Comment definer le media: la préhistoire de la television au Royaume-Uni' (1923-1936)Medhurst, J. L. 2011 Télévision: le moment expérimental.Éditions Apogée, p. 151-161
Early television as a symbol of national prestige in EuropeMedhurst, J. 2010
'Delivering a fatal blow to British industry’: the BBC and television in the 1930sMedhurst, J. 2010
A History of Independent Television in WalesMedhurst, J. L. 2010 Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press. 224 p.
Speaking Your Kind of Language? ITV in WalesMedhurst, J. L. 2010 In : Cyfrwng.7, p. 7-2014 p.
‘The One-Eyed Devil': television in Wales in the 1950s and 1960sMedhurst, J. 2009
Defining the Medium: the pre-history of television in the UK, 1923-1936Medhurst, J. 2009
TV Nations or Global Medium? European Television Between National Institution and Window on the Worldde Leeuw, S., Dhoest, A., Gutierez Lozano, J. F., Heinderyckx, F., Koivunen, A. & Medhurst, J. 2008 European Television History. Bignell, J. & Fickers, A. (eds.). 1st ed.Wiley, p. 127-15326 p.
Television in Wales, 1950-70Medhurst, J. L. 2008 A European Television History. Bignell, J. & Fickers, A. (eds.). Wiley, p. 147-1504 p.
History of Public Service BroadcastingMedhurst, J. L. 2008 The International Encyclopedia of Communication. Volume IX. Donsbach, W. (ed.). Wiley, p. 3947-39515 p.
‘Minorities with a Message’: The Beveridge Report on Broadcasting (1949–1951) and WalesMedhurst, J. 2008 In : Twentieth Century British History.19, 2, p. 217-23317 p.
Narrating the Stateless Nation: a case study of Welsh televisionMedhurst, J. 2007
Piecing Together Mammon’s Television: a case study in historical television researchMedhurst, J. 2007 Re-viewing Television History: Critical Issues in Television History. Wheatley, H. (ed.). I.B. Tauris, p. 127-14115 p.
Mammon's Television?: ITV in Wales 1959-63Medhurst, J. 2005 ITV Cultures: Independent Television over 50 Years. Johnson, C. & Turnock, R. (eds.). Open University Press, p. 88-10720 p.
'You say a minority, sir, we say a nation': The Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting (1960-62) and Wales.Medhurst, J. 2004 In : Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review.22, 2, p. 109-13628 p.
Wales Television - Mammon's Television? ITV in Wales in the 1960'sMedhurst, J. 2004 In : Media History.10, 2, p. 119-13113 p.
“You say a minority, Sir; we say a nation”: The Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting (1960-62) and WalesMedhurst, J. 2004 In : Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review.22, 2, p. 109-13628 p.
Competition and Change in British TelevisionMedhurst, J. 2003 The Television History Book. Hilmes, M. & Jacobs, J. (eds.). BFI Publishing, (Television, Media & Cultural Studies)
Television in Wales, 1960-80Medhurst, J. 2003 The Television History Book. Hilmes, M. & Jacobs, J. (eds.). BFI Publishing, (Television, Media & Cultural Studies)
Teledu Cymru: Menter Gyffrous neu Freuddwyd Ffôl?Medhurst, J. 2002 Cof cenedl XVII: ysgrifau ar hanes Cymru. Jenkins, G. H. (ed.). Gwasg Gomer | Gomer Press, p. 167-19327 p.
Servant of Two Tongues: the demise of TWWMedhurst, J. 2002 In : Llafur.8, 3, p. 79-879 p.
The mass media in twentieth century WalesMedhurst, J. 1998 A Nation and its Books: A History of the Book in Wales. Rees, E. & Jones, P. H. (eds.). Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru | National Library of Wales, p. 329-34012 p.