David Hendy is Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Sussex. He studied history at St Andrews and Oxford universities before joining the BBC in 1987 to work on programmes including The World Tonight and Analysis on Radio 4. Since leaving the BBC, he’s taught media history at the University of Westminster, and held visiting research fellowships at Cambridge, Yale, and Indiana universities. He joined the University of Sussex in 2012. He’s written several books: Radio in the Global Age (2000), Life on Air: a History of Radio 4 (2007), which won the Longmans-History Today Book of the Year award, Public Service Broadcasting (2013), and the book to accompany this series – Noise: a Human History of Sound and Listening (Profile). He’s currently working on a book called Media and the Making of the Modern Mind, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

David has contributed regularly to BBC programmes, including appearances on Feedback, Front Row, and Archive on 4. In 2010, his five-part series for Rockethouse and BBC Radio 3, Rewiring the Mind, which explored how modern media have changed our ways of thinking, won the James W. Carey Award for Outstanding Journalism.



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