Following an undergraduate degree in History, a Master degree in Information Studies and a PhD in television history, Jamie Medhurst is now a Reader in Media and Communication, Deputy Head of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, and Co-Director of the Centre for Media History at Aberystwyth University, UK. He is also editor of the journal Media History.
Jamie teaches modules in the areas of media history and policy; the political economy of the media; digital journalism; advertising; and broadcasting, culture and society. He is primarily a broadcasting historian and has worked on the history of ITV in Wales, broadcasting in the 1950s, early television and the BBC, and television and society in Wales in the 1970s.
He has received research grants from the AHRC, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, and he sits on advisory boards for the Wales National Broadcast Archive and 'BBC Connected Histories' project at the University of Sussex, UK. He is also an external examiner at the University of the West of England (BA Media), Edge Hill University (BA Media, Film and Television), UK, and the University of Stirling (MSc Media Management), UK.
In what spare time he has, Jamie enjoys spending time with his family, walking his dogs and watching rugby (his playing days are over!). He also enjoys cooking – as evidenced by my expanding waistline – and on Sundays can often be found playing the organ at St Michael’s Church in Aberystwyth.