Richard Rudin


Title: Mr

Telephone: +44 (0)151 231 4841

Work address:

Liverpool Screen School,
Redmonds Building,
Brownlow Hill,
L3 5UG


Richard initially trained and qualified as a newspaper journalist and, after passing his National Council for the Training of Journalists Proficiency Test, became a senior reporter on the Shropshire Star evening ‘paper. With this experience, and several years as a volunteer presenter and producer with hospital radio services, he gained a job as newscaster/reporter at Beacon Radio in the West Midlands. He then joined British Forces Broadcasting in Germany, working in both the TV and radio sectors. Back in the UK he held senior editorial, management and presentation posts in both BBC and commercial stations. 

He took a BA degree through the Open University and then an MA in Mass Communications by distance learning through the University of Leicester. His first book (with Trevor Ibbotson) An Introduction to Journalism is used as a set text on numerous courses and training bodies in the UK and elsewhere. His latest book, Broadcasting in the 21st Century, was published in 2011. Richard has had numerous scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals and book chapters and won several prizes in ‘open’ competitions for scholarly papers at international conferences. He is a past Chair of the International Division of the US-based Broadcast Education Association.   Richard Rudin, pictured in one of the radio studios at Redmonds Building.


Richard’s main teaching is on:

Advanced Journalism Practice (Level 6, journalism practice-based).

Introduction to Broadcast Journalism (Level 5)

Reporting UK Politics (Level 5)

Understanding News Media (Level 4)

UK News Reporting (Level 4)

He also teaches on and is a dissertation supervisor for Journalism International and UK MA degrees.


Richard’s main research has been in six main areas:

  1. History of the development, opposition to, and introduction of UK commercial radio (working towards a PhD by publication).
  2. Development and controversies around digital radio broadcasting, especially in the UK, but also comparisons with parallel development in the USA.
  3. Comparisons in developments in commercial radio in the UK and USA
  4. The continuing elements of ‘meaningful speech’ and other public service broadcasting elements in UK commercial radio, including phone-ins and talkback radio.
  5. The development of ‘citizen journalism’ in UK news-based media and, in more general terms, the changing relationship between broadcasters and viewers/listeners in UK.
  6.  The ending of time/spatial and the ‘one to many’  consumption and pattern of broadcasting, due to the Internet and use of  social media.


Review from

5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book, 29 Oct 2012

By David Hoyle

This is a very useful text indeed. I teach an MA in Film and (mostly) TV production, and many of my students are from overseas: the introductory parts of the book are extremely helpful for them in quickly setting out a great deal of the key contexts of British broadcasting. Similarly, the detailed case case studies of recent fracas are very helpful - and amusing. The local-global and linear-non-linear discussions are poised absolutely well: in both cases, we are all staring into unknown territory, and the book is genuinely informative about what is known and honestly reticent about what remains to be seen. It encourages speculation without simplifying these matters - as is too often the case. The book is rich in hard data, but balanced in its uses and readings of it: it's that rare thing - a display of clarity rather than simplicity, and a consistent combination of close readings with a sense of context. Why can't we all write like this all the time?

Palgrave Handbook of Global Radio, editor John Allen Hendricks (2012), Palgrave Macmillan:

Radio and Society – New Thinking for an Old Medium, editor Matt Mollgaard (2012), Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 




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