Professor Tim Luckhurst

Head of South College and Associate PVC Engagement, Durham University


Tim was most recently founding Head of the Centre for Journalism at the University of Kent. He was also founder and director of KMTV, a local television station for Kent.

An award-winning journalist for BBC News and Current Affairs and former editor of The Scotsman newspaper, Tim began his career on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and went on to work as a producer, reporter and editor in Washington DC, the Middle East and Europe. He was also a member of the team that designed and launched BBC Radio 5 Live. Prior to entering journalism, he was an adviser to the Right Honourable Donald Dewar MP when he was Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, 1985-1988.

He is a noted newspaper historian and campaigner for press freedom. His research focuses on the depiction of dissent in British and American newspapers between 1936 and 1945.

Tim is the author of This is Today – A Biography of the Today Programme (Aurum Press) and Responsibility without Power – Lord Justice Leveson’s Constitutional Dilemma (Abramis Academic). He is currently writing a book Reporting the Second World War: Newspapers and the Public in Wartime Britain. His academic work has appeared in journals including Contemporary British History, Journalism Studies, George Orwell Studies, Ethical Space, the International Journal of Communication Ethics and 1914-1918 Online: The International Encyclopaedia of the First World War .