Dr Jamie Medhurst

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

Dr Jamie Medhurst

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Profile

I have been a member of staff in the Department since 1996 (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and now Reader in Media and Communication 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 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 .

Teaching

Research

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

MPhil/PhD
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)

  • Wednesday 12.00-13.00
  • Thursday 12.00-13.00

Publications

Medhurst, J 2017, ''What a Hullabaloo!': Launching BBC Television in 1936 and BBC2 in 1964' Journal of British Cinema and Television.
Medhurst, JL, Nicholas, S & O'Malley, T (eds) 2016, Broadcasting in the 1950s in the UK and US: Historical Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne.
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.
Medhurst, J 2016, Theatre, Film and Television in the twentieth century. in G Evans & H Fulton (eds), The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature. Cambridge University Press.
Medhurst, J 2014, 'Researching the history of television drama in Wales' Paper presented at Symposium on Forgotten Television Drama, Belfast, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2014 - 2014, .
Medhurst, JL 2011, Comment definer le media: la préhistoire de la television au Royaume-Uni' (1923-1936). in Télévision: le moment expérimental. Éditions Apogée, pp. 151-161.
Medhurst, J 2010, 'Early television as a symbol of national prestige in Europe' Paper presented at European Communication Research and Education Association, Hamburg, Germany, 2010 - 2010, .
Medhurst, J 2010, ''Delivering a fatal blow to British industry’: the BBC and television in the 1930s' Paper presented at Symposium on Broadcasting in the 1930s, University of Wisconsin, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2010, .
Medhurst, JL 2010, A History of Independent Television in Wales. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press.
Medhurst, JL 2010, 'Speaking Your Kind of Language? ITV in Wales' Cyfrwng, vol 7, pp. 7-20.
Medhurst, J 2009, '‘The One-Eyed Devil': television in Wales in the 1950s and 1960s' Paper presented at IAMHIST 2009 conference: Social Fears and Moral Panics, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2009 - 2009, .
Medhurst, J 2009, 'Defining the Medium: the pre-history of television in the UK, 1923-1936' Paper presented at Television: the experimental moment - from invention to institution (1935-1955) conference, Paris, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2009, .
de Leeuw, S, Dhoest, A, Gutierez Lozano, JF, 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. 1st edn, Wiley, pp. 127-153.
Medhurst, JL 2008, Television in Wales, 1950-70. in J Bignell & A Fickers (eds), A European Television History. Wiley, pp. 147-150.
Medhurst, JL 2008, History of Public Service Broadcasting. in W Donsbach (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication. Volume IX. Wiley, pp. 3947-3951.
Medhurst, J 2008, '‘Minorities with a Message’: The Beveridge Report on Broadcasting (1949–1951) and Wales' Twentieth Century British History, vol 19, no. 2, pp. 217-233. DOI: 10.1093/tcbh/hwm039
Medhurst, J 2007, 'Narrating the Stateless Nation: a case study of Welsh television' Paper presented at Narrating the Nation: television narratives and national identities conference, Tarragona, Spain, 2007 - 2007, .
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.
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, vol 22, no. 2, pp. 109-136.
Medhurst, J 2004, 'Wales Television - Mammon's Television? ITV in Wales in the 1960's' Media History, vol 10, no. 2, pp. 119-131. DOI: 10.1080/1368880042000254847
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, vol 22, no. 2, pp. 109-136.
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.
Medhurst, J 2003, Television in Wales, 1960-80. in M Hilmes & J Jacobs (eds), The Television History Book. Television, Media & Cultural Studies, BFI Publishing.
Medhurst, J 2002, Teledu Cymru: Menter Gyffrous neu Freuddwyd Ffôl? in GH Jenkins (ed.), Cof cenedl XVII: ysgrifau ar hanes Cymru. Gwasg Gomer | Gomer Press, pp. 167-193.
Medhurst, J 2002, 'Servant of Two Tongues: the demise of TWW' Llafur, vol 8, no. 3, pp. 79-87.
Medhurst, J 1998, The mass media in twentieth century Wales. in E Rees & PH Jones (eds), A Nation and its Books: A History of the Book in Wales. Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru | National Library of Wales, pp. 329-340.