Portrait of  Bruce Hanlin Bruce Hanlin

B.Hanlin@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478423


Bruce joined the staff of Media and Journalism in 2006 from the Sociology Department at City University, London, where he taught modules in film and television, media history and theory, and the impact of ‘new media’ on society and on established media institutions and policy. Prior to this he taught for many years in the Department of Journalism at City University, and his wide experience in higher education includes appointments at the universities of East London and Westminster, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the Central School for Speech and Drama (both University of London) and at several other British universities.

Research and Scholarship

Bruce’s research interests include: Channel Four’s contribution to media literacy in the 1980s and 90s: television and the projection of regional identity and community; the changing dynamics of television drama; post-war British cinema and film policy; the history and development of photojournalism in Britain; current issues in the formation of media policy and journalistic practice as ‘old media’ adopt or give way to digital forms.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Hanlin, B. and Klontzas, M. (2009) ‘Public Service Broadcasting v2.0: an emerging paradigm in the UK’. In: The Ends of Television: Logics/Perspectives/Entanglements, 29th June – 1st July 2009, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) and Department of Media Studies of the Universiteit van Amsterdam

Research Degree Supervision

Bruce welcomes inquiries from students (MA by research) interested in current issues or historical developments in British media institutions, policy or output. He will be a participating member of a new centre for media research, currently under discussion, which will be based in the Media & Journalism subject area.

Bruce holds MA degrees in Film and Television Studies and in American Studies and would be happy to act as sole or joint supervisor for research in these areas. Some suggested topics might include:

  • The social impact of digital media
  • The history and future of newspapers
  • The influence of American imports on British TV drama
  • Developments in the formation of media policy
  • Lottery funds and British cinema