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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 2006 2020

Cultural Conversations: A History of ABC Radio National

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

1/06/14 → …

Project: Research

Switched-on Audiences: Australian Listeners and Viewers

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

22/02/14 → …

Project: Research

Appointments and Schedules
infrastructure

Research Outputs 1999 2019

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

history
history of media
Packers
broadcasting
Broadcasting

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

broadcasting
Broadcasting
kindergarten
educational broadcasting
air

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

Griffen-Foley, B., 9 May 2019, In : Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Radio broadcasting
broadcasting
Broadcasting
radio
listener

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Television
television
fan
Fans
Stars

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/opinionResearchpeer-review

history of media
language barrier
history
historiography
Values

Activities 2009 2017

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

Third Annual Brian Johns Lecture

Bridget Griffen-Foley (Organiser)
4 May 2017

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

Transnational Media Histories

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

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

University of Hamburg

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

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Joan Bleicher

Bridget Griffen-Foley (Host)
Oct 2016

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

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