Dr Jamie Medhurst

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

Dr Jamie Medhurst

Reader in Television and Media History

Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies

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I have been a member of staff in the Department since 1996 (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and now Reader in Television and Media History) 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 and August 2018 - January 2019). I'm married and have two daughters and a son .... and a host of pets! Outside of work I enjoy watching rugby, following the ups and downs of Tottenham Hotspur FC, spending time with the children, and playing the organ (and occasionally preaching) 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) and Edge Hill University (BA Film, Television and Media). I have examined around 15 PhD theses as external examiner in universities in the UK and Australia.

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 'Connected Histories of the BBC' Advisory Board .



Television history; the history of public service broadcasting (PSB); media history and historiography; television archives; media and society in Wales.

I am currently working on three books:

The Early Years of Television and the BBC (Edinburgh University Press, 2020)

A Decade of Change: television and society in Wales in the 1970s (University of Wales Press, 2022)

Public Service Broadcasting in Britain, 1960-1990 (Manchester University Press - tbc)

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.


Departmental Senior Tutor (Semester 2)

Degree Scheme Coordinator, Media and Communication Studies (Semester 2)

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

Editor, Media History

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)


Medhurst, J 2019, Theatre, Film and Television in Wales in the Twentieth Century. in G Evans & H Fulton (eds), The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 637-652. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316227206
Medhurst, J 2018, 'Mea Maxima Culpa: John Reith and the development of television' Media History, vol. 25, no. 4. https://doi.org/10.1080/13688804.2018.1530976
Medhurst, J, The History of the BBC: Ally Pally, 2018, Web publication/site.
Medhurst, J 2017, ''What a Hullabaloo!': Launching BBC Television in 1936 and BBC2 in 1964' Journal of British Cinema and Television.
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.
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