A History of Independent Television in Wales
Distributed for University of Wales Press
This volume provides the first detailed and systematic historical narrative and critical analysis of independent television (ITV) in Wales. Seen by some as a more populist and sometimes tacky alternative to the BBC, Wales ITV has been a pioneer in the television industry, particularly for its innovative and diverse programming. J. Medhurst’s accessible and readable history looks back several decades and emphasizes the channel’s place within debates over national identity, language, and culture in Wales.
“Jamie Medhurst’s thoroughly researched and engagingly written study of independent television in Wales not only supplies a piece previously missing in the history of broadcasting in Britain, but adds to the growing literature on the significance of the nation and broadcasting-based struggles with national identity so central to the construction of culture in the twentieth century and beyond.”