Professor Andrew Tolson


Andrew Tolson






Honorary Visiting Fellow, Department of Media and Communication

BA University of Birmingham (English Language and Literature)
MA University of Birmingham (Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies)
PhD University of Birmingham (Department of Cultural Studies)


Until 2014 I was Professor of Media and Communication at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Prior to De Montfort University I worked at Griffith University (Brisbane) and Queen Margaret College (Edinburgh). I have also worked as a consultant for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. I am a member of the editorial boards of Discourse Context and Media (Elsevier Publications) and Journalism and Mass Communication (Sage).

Research Interests:

My research interests revolve around the analysis of broadcast talk; that is, speech communication on radio and television. I have been a member of the Ross Priory Broadcast Talk Seminar since it started in 1992. My current research and writing engages with the following topics:
• Political communication: TV interviews, debates (such as the 2010 UK Party Leader debates) and political rhetoric (eg. party conference speeches). I am also currently analysing the English TV coverage of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.
• Media celebrity: so-called ‘celebrity politicians’ and the history of TV celebrity (1955-64).
• Sports talk on radio and TV: commentary, reportage and forms of punditry.


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