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Name: Liam McCarthy

PhD: History

Thesis Title: 

Connecting with new Asian audiences; BBC local radio 1967-1990.


Thesis Description:

This work will assess how BBC Local Radio engaged with the growing Asian audiences within their editorial areas during the 1970’s; an era in which both they and Asian communities became established and rooted in their localities. It will deal with the internal problems facing BBC Local Radio as it launched and struggled to establish itself within the BBC and the broadcast landscape. In terms of the new Asian audiences it will ask if external factors such as the rise of the political right, the new Commission for Racial Equality and growing Asian activism and involvement forced the pace of building up a portfolio of targeted Asian programming. 


Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Dr. Sally Horrocks (University of Leicester)

Prof. Helen Wood (University of Leicester)

Prof. Gavin Schaffer (University of Birmingham)


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Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

  • 2015 and 2016 – local media search for children of American GIs in Leicester for an oral history study as part of an MRes project on the impact of American GIs in Leicester in WWII.


    2016 – October 11; Group Research sessions with GI children.

    2016 - Broadcast Interview with BBC Radio Leicester re: GI Children in Leicester on the History Show (16/10/16)



    2016 – Helping to lead Creative Writing Workshop on African-American GIs in Leicester in WW2



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