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Biography

After being awarded the University Medal for Modern History in 1992, I completed a PhD in Modern History at Macquarie University in 1996. I held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Sydney before returning to Macquarie in 2003. I held ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowships in the Department of Modern History and Politics, joining the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies as Professor of Media in 2013 and an ARC Future Fellow in 2014.

I specialise in the history of the media, particularly the Australian media, and am the author of four books: The House of Packer: The Making of a Media Empire (1999), Sir Frank Packer (2000, 2014), Party Games: Australian Politicians and the Media from War to Dismissal (2003) and Changing Stations: The Story of Australian Commercial Radio (2009), which was shortlisted for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize and longlisted for the Walkley Book Award.

My field defining reference work A Companion to the Australian Media (2014) is the first comprehensive, authoritative study of Australia's press, broadcasting and new media sectors, featuring 300 contributors, and is available via AustLit

I was the founding Director of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie, and co-ordinate the Media Archives Project.

I was a historical consultant to the television mini-series Power Games: The Packer–Murdoch Story (2013), and am a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a selector for the Australian Media Hall of Fame. I also serve on the editorial boards of Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media, Media History, the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, the Australian Journal of Politics and History and the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Education/Academic qualification

Modern History, PhD, Macquarie University

19931996

Modern History, BA Hons, Macquarie University

1992

Modern History & English, BA, Macquarie University

19881991

External positions

Council, Australian Academy of the Humanities

1 Jan 2017 → …

Selector, Australian Media Hall of Fame

2015 → …

Member, Education & Scholarship Advisory Board, State Library of New South Wales

2014 → …

Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities

2011 → …

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Projects

Switched-on Audiences: Australian Listeners and Viewers

Griffen-Foley, B., MQRES, M. & MQRES (International), M. (.

22/02/14 → …

Project: Research

  • Cultural Conversations: A History of ABC Radio National

    Madsen, V., Potts, J., Griffen-Foley, B., Tebbutt, J. & MQRES, M.

    1/06/1431/05/20

    Project: Research

  • Research Outputs

    'Let's join in': children and ABC Radio

    Griffen-Foley, B., 2020, In : Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 40, 1, p. 185-209 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Inaugural KS Inglis address: making Australian media history

    Griffen-Foley, B., Feb 2019, In : Media International Australia. 170, 1, p. 3-21 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Kindergarten of the Air: from Australia to the world

    Griffen-Foley, B., 1 Oct 2019, In : Radio Journal. 17, 2, p. 179-199 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Diary of a television viewer

    Griffen-Foley, B., Feb 2017, In : Media International Australia. 162, 1, p. 33-48 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Entangled media histories: a response

    Griffen-Foley, B., 2 Jan 2017, In : Media History. 23, 1, p. 145-147 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/opinion

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 9 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 4 Editorial work
    • 3 Hosting an academic visitor
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Transnational Media Histories

    Bridget Griffen-Foley (Organiser)
    9 Feb 201710 Feb 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Third Annual Brian Johns Lecture

    Bridget Griffen-Foley (Organiser)
    4 May 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Joan Bleicher

    Bridget Griffen-Foley (Host)
    Oct 2016

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

    University of Hamburg

    Bridget Griffen-Foley (Visiting researcher)
    29 May 20167 Jun 2016

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    Second Annual Brian Johns Lecture

    Bridget Griffen-Foley (Organiser)
    2 May 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Press / Media

    Keeping company: encountering the Fairfax Media archive

    Bridget Griffen-Foley

    27/08/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    A time capsule containing the history of media in Australia

    Bridget Griffen-Foley

    31/03/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    10 to 1 Countdown: Our Greatest News Events

    Bridget Griffen-Foley

    23/11/16

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment