Program for Australian Television History (PATH)

Project Coordinator: Dr Bridget Griffen-Foley
Project Convenors: Dr Chris Healy and Dr Mick Broderick


This project is a national network of scholars and other stakeholders working to research, document and exhibit the history of television in Australia.

PATH allows television historians to share resources, findings and problems, and to identify historiographical gaps in the field. It provides a link between television historians and relevant cultural organisations, especially collecting and exhibiting agencies such as the ABC Archives, the National Film and Sound Archive, the Powerhouse Museum, and the National Archives of Australia. PATH also feeds into the Australian Media History database and listserv, works co-operatively with other more well-established media history groups in Australia and overseas, and participates in events such as the biennial Australian Media Traditions conferences.

Scholars affiliated with PATH are already engaged in vibrant projects, whether individual or collaborative, in the field of Australian television history. Their work has appeared, or will be appearing, in a variety of outlets, from monographs, edited collections and journal articles, to conference presentations, websites and exhibitions.

Projects being conducted by CRN members include:

Professor Ien Ang, Julie Eisenberg & Associate Professor Gay Hawkins, ‘The Special Broadcasting Service and Australian Cultural Democracy: Evolution, Uses and Innovation’ (ARC Linkage LP0453777).

Associate Professor Frances Bonner, ‘Television Presenters as Cultural Intermediaries’ (ARC Discovery).

Dr Bridget Griffen-Foley, ‘From Print to the Internet: The Media in Australia since 1803’ (ARC Discovery DP0877911).

Associate Professor Paula Hamilton & Professor Liz Jacka, ‘Welcome to Television: A Cultural History of Australian Television 1956-1992’ (ARC Linkage).

Professor John Hartley, Professor Graeme Turner; Associate Professor Alan McKee, Associate Professor Sue Turnbull, Dr Chris Healy & Dr Josh Green, ‘ Australian television and popular memory: new approaches to the cultural history of the media in the project of nation-building’ (ARC Discovery DP0879596). See

Associate Professor Jason Jacobs, ‘Early television drama in the UK, US and Australia’ (ARC Discovery DP0346804).

Associate Professor Andrew Kenyon, ‘The Future of Television: Australian Legal Protection of Digital Broadcast Content’ (ARC Discovery).

Professor Tom O’Regan & Dr Ben Goldsmith, ‘Redesigning Australian film and television production for Multichannel Environments, 1995-2009’ (ARC Discovery).

Professors M Balnaves & Tom O’Regan, ‘The Emergence, Development and Transformation of Media Ratings Conventions and Methodologies in Australia, 1930-2008’ (ARC Discovery DP0770606).

Professor John Sinclair, ‘Globalisation and the media in Australia: An integrated analysis of trends and impacts, with special reference to the advertising industry’ (ARC Discovery).

Dr Felicity Collins, Associate Professor Sue Turnbull & Dr Susan Bye, ‘Australian Screen Comedy’ (ARC Discovery Grant).

Dr Felicity Collins, Associate Professor Sue Turnbull & Dr Susan Bye, ‘The ABC of Comedy: The Innovative Role of the ABC in the production of new forms of Australian screen comedy’ (La Trobe University Industry Collaborative Grant Scheme).

Professor Graeme Turner, ‘Television in the post-broadcast era: The role of old and new media in the formation of national communities’ (ARC Federation Fellow Project)


Project Activities

Conference on Television and the National
19 - 21, November 2008, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne

Group Planning Meetings
May 18, 2006, National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra
December 10, 2005, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney