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Professor of Modern History, University of Bristol

Simon J. Potter is Professor of Modern History at the University of Bristol and author of a number of books on British and global media history, including 'This is the BBC: Entertaining the Nation, Speaking for Britain? 1922-2022' (Oxford University Press, 2022) and 'Wireless Internationalism and Distant Listening: Britain, Propaganda, and the Invention of Global Radio, 1920-1939' (Oxford University Press, 2021). He is co-author of 'The Wireless World: Global Histories of International Radio Broadcasting' (Oxford University Press, 2022).

Simon's research focuses on British imperial and global history and on media history, including the history of newspapers and the periodical press, radio broadcasting and television. He seeks to bring research in these different fields together to reveal the connections between empire, globalisation and the mass media since the nineteenth century, and to shed light on the nature of the global mass media today.


  • –present
    Professor of Modern History, University of Bristol