Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies
Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley
Professor in Media
After being awarded the University Medal for Modern History in 1992, I completed a PhD in Modern History at Macquarie University in 1996. I held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Sydney before returning to Macquarie in 2003. I held ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowships in the Department of Modern History and Politics, joining MMCCS as Professor of Media in 2013 and an ARC Future Fellow in 2014.
I specialise in the history of the media, particularly the Australian media, and am the author of four books. The House of Packer: The Making of a Media Empire (1999) was based on my Macquarie PhD thesis. Sir Frank Packer (2000) is being republished in 2013 to tie-in with Power Games: The Packer˗Murdoch War, the television mini-series to which I am historical consultant. Party Games: Australian Politicians and the Media from War to Dismissal was published in 2003. Changing Stations: The story of Australian Commercial Radio (2009) was shortlisted for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize and longlisted for the Walkley Book Award. I am now editing A Companion to the Australian Media, the first comprehensive, authoritative study of Australia's press, broadcasting and new media sectors, featuring 300 contributors, which was published in late 2014. I am now working on a history of radio listening and television viewing in Australia.
I serve on the editorial boards of Media International Australia, Media History, the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, the Australian Journal of Politics and History and the NSW Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.
Home to the only Centre for Media History in the southern hemisphere, Macquarie University has unrivalled strengths in this area. My particular interests are media history (press, radio and television); twentieth-century Australian history and biography; and how history is presented in the media.
Griffen-Foley, B., Sir Frank Packer: A Biography, Sydney University Press, Sydney, 2013.
Griffen-Foley, B., Changing Stations: The Story of Australian Commercial Radio, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2009. http://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/changing-stations_the-story-of-australian-commercial-radio/
Griffen-Foley, B., Party Games: Australian Politicians and the Media from War to Dismissal, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2003.
Griffen-Foley, B., Sir Frank Packer: The Young Master, HarperCollins, Sydney, 2000.
Griffen-Foley, B., The House of Packer: The Making of a Media Empire, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1999; e-book, 2012.
Goot, M. and B. Griffen-Foley, 50 Years of The Australian, special issue of Media International Australia, no. 157, November 2015.
Griffen-Foley, B. (ed.), A Companion to the Australian Media, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2014 http://scholarly.info/media/
Goggin, G., B. Griffen-Foley and S. Turnbull, Media International Australia, no. 150 special issue, February 2014.
Goot, M. and B. Griffen-Foley (eds), 'Reaching Out or Going Down?: The History of Tabloids', special issue of Australian Journal of Communication, vol. 38, no. 2,September 2011.
Arrow, M., B. Griffen-Foley and M. Hughes-Warrington (eds), 'Australian Media Reception Histories', special issue of Media International Australia, no. 131, May 2009.
Ashton, P. and B. Griffen-Foley (eds), 'From the Frontier: Essays in Honour of Duncan Waterson', special joint issue of Journal of Australian Studies, no. 69 and Australian Cultural History, no. 20, 2001.
Griffen-Foley, B. and D. McKnight (eds), 'Australian Media History', special issue of Media International Australia, no. 99, May 2001.
Griffen-Foley, B. and D. Carter, 'Culture and media', in The Cambridge History of Australia, vol. 2: The Commonwealth of Australia, eds Alison Bashford and Stuart Macintyre, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013, pp. 237-62. http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/history/australian-history/cambridge-history-australia
Griffen-Foley, B., 'In the wake of War: The rise and rise of Australia's media since 1918', in Making Australian History: Perspectives on the Past since 1788, eds Deborah Gare and David Ritter, Melbourne, Thomson Learning, 2008, pp. 375-382. http://www.cengage.com/aushed/instructor.do?product_isbn=9780170132107
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Modernity, intimacy and early Australian commercial radio', in Talking and Listening in the Age of Modernity: Essays on the History of Sound, eds Joy Damousi and Desley Deacon, ANU e-Press, 2007, pp. 123-132. http://epress.anu.edu.au/tal_citation.html
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Radio', in The Media and Communications in Australia, 2nd edition, eds Stuart Cunningham and Graeme Turner, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2006, pp. 133-53. Third edition, 2010, pp. 113-131. Fourth edition, eds Stuart Cunningham and Sue Turnbull, 2013 (forthcoming). https://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=94&book=9781742370644
Griffen-Foley, B., 'A life at the centre', Griffith Review: Webs of Power, no. 3, Autumn 2004, pp. 57-65.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'The media and politics in Australia: From World War II to the Dismissal', The Sydney Papers, vol. 15, nos 3-4, Winter/Spring 2003, pp. 111-19.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'The Steven Seagal factor: The corporate histories', in The Fuss That Never Ended: The Life and Work of Geoffrey Blainey, eds Deborah Gare, Geoffrey Bolton, Stuart Macintyre and Tom Stannage, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2003, pp. 79-89, 182-4. http://www.mup.com.au/items/119740
Griffen-Foley, B., 'The Evatts, liberalism and modernism', in Studies in Twentieth Century Australian History, ed. D. B. Waterson, Australian History Museum, Macquarie University, Sydney, 2001, pp. 58-71.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Monsignor James Meany, the Catholic Weekly and 2SM', Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society, vol. 34, 2013, pp. 56-69
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Broadsheets, broadcasts and Botany Bay: History in the Australian media', Journalism Practice, vol. 5, October 2011, pp. 566-83. Republished in How Journalism Uses History, ed. Martin Conboy, Routledge, 2012, pp. 61-78. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415622905/
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Digging up the past: Frank Clune, Australian historian and multi-media personality', History Australia, vol. 8, no. 1, 2011, pp. 127-50.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Voices of the people: Audience participation in Australian radio', Media International Australia, no. 137, November 2010, pp. 5-19.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Australian commercial radio, American influences - and the BBC', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, vol. 30, no. 3, 2010, pp. 337-55.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Radio ministries: Religion on Australian commercial radio from the 1920s to the 1960s', Journal of Religious History, vol. 32, no. 1, March 2008, pp. 31-54.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Talkback radio and Australian politics since the summer of '67', Media International Australia, no. 122, February 2007, pp. 96-107.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'From the Murrumbidgee to Mamma Lena: Foreign-language broadcasting on Australian commercial radio, Part 2', Journal of Australian Studies, no. 90, 2007, pp. 77-87, 190-92.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'From the Murrumbidgee to Mamma Lena: Foreign-language broadcasting on Australian commercial radio, Part 1', Journal of Australian Studies, no. 88, 2006, pp. 51-60, 168-70.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Sporting chances: Sport on Australian commercial radio from the 1920s to the 1950s', Sporting Traditions, vol. 23, no. 1, 2006, pp. 37-62.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Australian press, radio and television historiography: An update', Media International Australia, no. 119, May 2006, pp. 21-37.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'The birth of a hybrid: The shaping of the Australian radio industry', The Radio Journal, vol. 2, no. 3, 2004, pp. 153-69. Republished in Radio: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 2, ed. Andrew Crisell, Routledge, 2008. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415448642/
Griffen-Foley, B., '"The Kangaroo is coming into its own": R. G. Casey, Earl Newsom and public relations in the 1940s', Australasian Journal of American Studies, vol. 23, no. 2, December 2004 pp. 1-20.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Midnight to dawn programs on Australian commercial radio', Journal of Radio Studies, vol. 11, no. 2, Winter 2004, pp. 239-53.
'From Tit-Bits to Big Brother: A century of audience participation in the media', Media, Culture & Society, vol. 26, no. 4, July 2004, pp. 533-48. Republished in The Tabloid Culture Reader, eds Anita Biressi and Heather Nunn, Open University Press, Maidenhead, England; New York, 2007.
Griffen-Foley, B., '"A civilised amateur": Edgar Holt and his life in letters and politics', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 49, no. 1, March 2003, pp. 31-47.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Political opinion polling and the professionalisation of public relations: Keith Murdoch, Robert Menzies and the Liberal Party of Australia', Australian Journalism Review, vol. 24, no. 1, July 2002, pp. 41-59.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'The Fairfax, Murdoch and Packer dynasties in twentieth-century Australia', Media History, vol. 8, no. 1, 2002, pp. 89-102.
Griffen-Foley, B., '"The crumbs are better than a feast elsewhere": Australian journalists on Fleet Street', Journalism History, vol. 28, no. 1, Spring 2002, pp. 26-37. Republished in Australians in Britain: The Twentieth-Century Experience, eds Carl Bridge, Robert Crawford and David Dunstan, Monash University ePress, Melbourne, 2009, pp. 8.1-8.19. http://www.epress.monash.edu/ab/
Griffen-Foley, B., 'The battle of Melbourne: The rise and fall of the Star', special joint issue of Journal of Australian Studies, no. 69 and Australian Cultural History, no. 20, 2001, pp. 89-102, 195-7.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Sir Frank Packer and the leadership of the Liberal Party, 1967-71', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 36, no. 3, November 2001, pp. 499-513.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'The press proprietor and the politician: Sir Frank Packer and Sir Robert Menzies', Media International Australia, no. 99, May 2001, pp. 23-34.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Revisiting The "Mystery of a Novel Contest": The Daily Telegraph and Come in Spinner', Australian Literary Studies, vol. 19, no. 4, October 2000, pp. 413-24.
Griffen-Foley, B., 'Playing with princes and presidents: Sir Frank Packer and the 1962 challenge for the America's Cup', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 46, no. 1, March 2000, pp. 51-66.