Tim is the founding Head of the Centre for Journalism. An award-winning journalist for BBC News and Current Affairs and former editor of The Scotsman, Scotland’s national 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 Eastern Europe. He was a member of the team that designed and launched BBC Radio 5 Live. Between 1995 and 1997 he was bi-media Editor of News Programmes at BBC Scotland. He has won two Sony Radio Academy Gold Awards for news journalism. Tim was educated at Peebles High School and Robinson College in the University of Cambridge where he studied history.  At Kent he has created an entirely new academic school and pioneered the design and teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that blend instruction in the professional skills required to work as a public service reporter in the multimedia era with intense academic study of traditional disciplines including history, politics and law.  He has helped to develop a research culture centred on study of journalism’s history and its future in the multimedia era. His own research focuses on the depiction of dissent in British and American newspapers during the era of appeasement and the Second World War. He is a director of KMTV, the professional television news station located in the Centre for Journalism, and a regular contributor to BBC Radio Kent where he presents debates and phone-in shows.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Luckhurst, T. and Garcia Rodriguez Blancas, L. (2018). A place to sleep at the start. British Journalism Review [Online] 29:43 -47. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2017). Spinning out of Control. British Journalism Review [Online] 28:61-66. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2017). George Orwell Versus Vera Brittain: Obliteration Bombing and the Tolerance in Wartime of Dissent in Weekly Political Publications. George Orwell Studies 2.
Luckhurst, T. (2017). Give me the press barons any day. British Journalism Review [Online] 28:31-36. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2016). A sovereign editor: Arthur Mann's Yorkshire Post and its crusade against appeasement, 1938-1939. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics [Online] 13:29-39. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2016). When Yorkshire ruled the world. British Journalism Review [Online] 27:59-65. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. and Phippen, L. (2016). The playwright who dramatised his own war record: a reassessment of William Douglas-Home's accounts of his refusal to fight for the liberation of Le Havre. Contemporary British History [Online] 30:389-406. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2015). The vapourings of empty young men? Legacies of their hostility between 1916 and 1918 in British newspaper treatment of conscientious objectors during the German blitzkrieg and invasion scare of 1940. Journalism Studies [Online] 17:475-489. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2014). An unworkable policy which encourages the enemy to fight to the last gasp: The depiction in British and American newspapers of the Allied policy of unconditional surrender for Germany, 1943-1945. Journalism Studies [Online] 15:1-17. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2014). Television News With Brains. British Journalism Review [Online] 25:13-18. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. and Phippen, L. (2014). Good Behaviour Can be Taught. British Journalism Review [Online] 25:56-61. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2013). "Excellent but Gullible People": The press and the People's Convention. Journalism Studies [Online] 14:62-77. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2012). "It is Thrown against me that I have a Castle": A portrait of newspaper coverage of the Central Southwark by-election, February 1940. Journalism Studies [Online] 13:107-123. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2011). Bias, Bunkum and Capital-itis. British Journalism Review [Online] 22:51-56. Available at:
Book section
Luckhurst, T. (2016). War Correspondents. In: Daniel, U., Gatrell, P., Janz, O., Jones, H., Keene, J., Kramer, A. and Nasson, B. eds. 1914-1918-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War. Freie Universitat Berlin, pp. 1-22. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2014). Online and On Death Row: Historicizing Newspapers in Crisis. In: Conboy, M. and Steel, J. eds. The Routledge Companion to British Media History. Oxford: Routledge, p. Chapter 21. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2013). King and County: The Kent Messenger and the Abdication of Edward VIII. In: Mair, J. and Keeble, R. L. eds. What Do We Mean By Local? The Rise, Fall - and Possible Rise Again - of Local Journalism. Bury St. Edmunds: Abramis academic publishing, pp. 39-47. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2012). Missing the Target and Spurning the Prize. In: Keeble, R. L. and Mair, J. eds. The Phone Hacking Scandal - Journalism on Trial. Bury St. Edmunds: Abramis, pp. 176-188. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2011). Dr Hack, I presume? Liberal journalism in the multimedia age. In: Mair, J. and Keeble, R. L. eds. Face the Future: Tools for the Modern Media Age. Bury St Edmunds: Abramis, pp. 317-333. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2010). Compromising the first draft?. In: Keeble, R. L. and Mair, J. eds. Afghanistan, War and the Media: Deadlines and Frontlines. Bury St Edmunds: Abramis, pp. 85-104. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2012). Responsibility Without Power:Lord Justice Leveson's Constitutional Dilemma. [Online]. Bury St Edmunds: Abramis. Available at:
Luckhurst, T. (2001). This Is Today, A Biography of the Today Programme. [Online]. London: Aurum Press. Available at:
Luckhurst, T., Cocking, B., Reeves, I. and Bailey, R. (2019). Assessing the Delivery of BBC Radio 5 Live's Public Service Commitments. [Online]. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK: Abramis Academic Publishing. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 23 [See all in KAR]
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