Dr. Matthew Linfoot - Principal Lecturer, Radio, University of Westminster

Prior to joining Westminster in 2003, Matthew worked at the BBC in a variety of roles.  He was the presenter and producer of a weekly magazine programme at BBC GLR94.9 (1993-2000), and produced a sixteen part series of oral history programmes about London, ‘The Century Speaks’.

He won a SONY Gold Award (Best Music Documentary) for producing & co-writing ‘You’ve Got To Hide Away’, with Tom Robinson, which explored hidden gay sexuality in popular music.  Latterly, he was the editor of the BBC London website before moving to BBC Nations & Regions to work on two major and exciting projects, ‘A Sense of Place’ and ‘Voices’ as a senior producer.

Matthew is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has been an external examiner at Anglia Ruskin University; Goldsmiths, University of London; Bournemouth University; University of Northampton; UAL: London College of Communication.

He has served as a Member of the Steering Committee of the Radio Studies Network, and as a judge for the Radio Production Awards and the Gillards (BBC Local Radio).

Research interests:  Matthew was principal researcher and author for a British council research project, Sounding Out: A Rapid Analysis of Young People & Radio in the UK (2018).  His interests include A focus on radio history, especially local radio, completing his PhD thesis in 2011: A History of BBC Local Radio in England, c. 1960 – 1980.  Matthew has presented papers on this research at the Radio Conference (2007; 2011) and at Sounding Out 5 (2010).  Current interests include LGBTQ radio in the UK, a combination of historical and contemporary enquiry, having presented papers on this at Net Stations (2015) and the Radio Conference (2011).

Academic qualifications: BA (Hons) in History (University of Cambridge); a PGCert Education (University of Greenwich); an MA in Media Management (University of Leeds); and a PhD (University of Westminster).