Prof Thomas O'Malley

BA (Hons) (Birmingham), PhD (Glamorgan)


Tom O'Malley taught previously at the Universities of East London and the University of Glamorgan. He has published on broadcasting and press history and policy in the UK and in Wales. He is co-founder and co-editor of the journal Media History, and a member of the Media History Centre at the University of Aberystwyth. He is an Honorary Associate of the Centre For Media History, Division of Humanities, Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia. He is on the Editorial Board of Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media. He has submitted evidence on media policy to the UK and Welsh Governments. He is a member of the National Council of the Campaign For Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

Additional Information


  • Departmental Director of Research
  • Member of Departmental Management Committee
  • Member of Departmental Research Committee
  • Member of Departmental Staff Development Committee


Tom O'Malley's current and ongoing research interests are in the areas of media history in the UK; media policy in the UK; history of ideas about the media; media in Wales. He has supervised PhDs in international media, broadcasting history and contemporary television studies.

Dr Sian Nicholas and Professor Tom O'Malley were awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant bid to the value of ?249,785 for the project 'A social and cultural history of the British press in World War II (Leverhulme ref: RGP-085), commencing 1st September 2011. The three year project is managed by Dr Sian Nicholas (Principal Investigator, Department of History and Welsh History) and Professor Tom O'Malley (Co-Investigator). The project team comprises the Research Assistant, Dr Marc Wiggam and two PhD students, Ms C. Dale and Mr K. Lovell


O’Malley, T 2023, 'Michael Harris 1938–2022', Media History. 10.1080/13688804.2023.2233542
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.
O'Malley, TP 2013, Communications Policy and Social Change: Raymond Williams, the Left and Thinking about the Media. in Key Words: Media Technology and Cultural Form. vol. 11, Spokesman, pp. 12-26. <>
Nicholas, S & O'Malley, T (eds) 2013, Moral Panics, Social Fears and the Media: Historical Perspectives. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies, 1 edn, Taylor & Francis, London.
O'Malley, TP 2013, The Response to Television in the UK 1947–77: A Study in the Media and Social Fear. in S Nicholas & T O'Malley (eds), Moral Panics Social Fears and the Media: Historical Perspectives. 1 edn, Taylor & Francis, London.
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