Prof Jamie Medhurst

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

Prof Jamie Medhurst

Professor of Film and Media

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, Reader, and now Professor of Film and Media) and before that was Tutor in Information Studies in the Department of Information Studies (1993-96). I have undertaken various administrative and managerial roles during my time in Aberystwyth including Director of Learning and Teaching, Director of Research, Head of Department, and Deputy Dean. I'm married and have three children (one of them grown up and married) .... and a host of pets. Outside of work I enjoy watching rugby, fishing, spending time with the children, playing the organ and occasionally preaching at Eglwys St Mair in Aberystwyth. During December, a large part of my time is spent in a bright red and white fur suit, black boots and false white beard

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I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Higher Education Academy and am an external examiner at Birkbeck, University of London (BA Film and Media) and the University of Liverpool (BA Communication and Media). I have examined around 20 PhD theses as external examiner in universities in the UK, Sweden, 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.


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I teach in the areas of television studies, television history, media policy, media and politics, the political economy of the media, media archives, and documentary film history.


My research interests include:

Broadcasting history

Media policy

Public Service Broadcasting

Media and devolution

My latest book, The Early Years of Television and the BBC was published by Edinburgh University Press in June 2022.

I am currently working on a number of articles/books/projects/ideas:

Welsh Media Historiography [a chapter for the Routledge Handbook of Welsh History]

The Annan Committee on Broadcasting and Wales [peer-reviewed article]

Tensions between the Welsh Office and the Home Office over broadcasting in Wales in the 1970s [peer-reviewed article]

The cultural significance of broadcasting transmitters in Wales [peer-reviewed article]

Broadcasting Policy in a Devolved United Kingdom [an AHRC research project application with colleagues in Glasgow, Goldsmiths London, and Ulster Universities]

Something along the lines of Programmes, Politics and Protest: broadcasting, culture, and society in Wales [a book project to take me up to retirement!]

Entangled Media Histories [an ongoing research project with colleagues in Bournemouth, Lund, and Hamburg universities]

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

PhD supervision and examining

Research Supervision (as primary supervisor)

Lewis Bullen, ‘For the Children: a history of early children’s television and the BBC, 1936-63'

Gwenan Edwards, ‘Public Service Broadcasting and lesser-used languages in Britain’

Donald F. McLean (PhD by publication): ‘Investigations into the emergence of British television, 1926-1936’

Lucy McFadzean (AHRC studentship): ‘Community, politics and the economy in the cultural policies of the Greater London Council 1981-6.’

Research Supervision (as co/secondary supervisor)

Phil Layton, ‘Everyday experimentation in electronic imaging of moving phenomena’

Gregor Cameron: ‘Re-performing Who: Tracing Theatre Technique Through Television Time’

Dafydd Sills-Jones: ‘History Documentary on UK Terrestrial Television, 1982-2002.’

I have examined over 20 PhD theses in areas including public service broadcasting, Welsh language journalism, local radio in England, representations of Wales in documentary film and television, interactive television drama, a social and cultural history of the electrophone, and a history of the BBC's Play for Today. 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.


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Medhurst, J, Panorama at 70, 2023, Web publication/site, British Broadcasting Corporation. <>
Medhurst, JL 2022, The Early Years of Television and the BBC. Edinburgh University Press.
Medhurst, J, 100 Voices that made the BBC: Entertaining the Nation, 2021, Web publication/site, British Broadcasting Corporation, 2021. <>
Medhurst, J 2021, 'Reviews: JOHN ORMOND'S ORGANIC MOSAIC: POETRY, DOCUMENTARY, NATION', Welsh History Review, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 424-425. 10.16922/whr.30.3.5
Medhurst, J 2020, The BBC and the origins and development of the notion of public service broadcasting. in G Fournier (ed.), La BBC et le service public de l'audiovisuel 1922-1995. Agregation Anglais, Ellipses, Paris, pp. 7-16.
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