Professor, Department of Communication Studies

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  • Paddy Scannell worked for many years at the University of Westminster (London) where he and his colleagues established, in 1975, the first undergraduate degree program in Media Studies in the UK. He is a founding editor of Media, Culture and Society which began publication in 1979 and is now issued six times yearly. He is the author of A Social History of British Broadcasting, 1922-1939 which he wrote with David Cardiff, editor of Broadcast Talk and author of Radio, Television and Modern Life. He is currently working on a trilogy. The first volume, Media and Communication, was published in June 2007. Professor Scannell is now working on the second volume, Television and the Meaning of 'Live.' The third volume, Love and Communication, is in preparation. His research interests include broadcasting history and historiography, the analysis of talk, the phenomenology of communication and culture and communication in Africa.
  • Main academic interests • Broadcasting history, and historiography • The analysis of broadcast talk • Media events • Theories of communication and media • Phenomenology • Communication and culture in Southern Africa
  • I am nearing completion of a project I’ve been working on with Elihu Katz for several years. It will be published as a special issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (July 2009) called “The end of television—and its impact on the world (so far)’. 16 international contributors will explore the many-sided historical impact of broadcast television in the 20th century and assess its continuing relevance for the future.
  • Communication Studies