Professor of Journalism
Tim Luckhurst is Professor of Journalism at the University of Kent, and the founding head of the university’s Centre for Journalism . He is best known as a former editor of The Scotsman. At Kent he has pioneered the teaching of degrees that blend instruction in the professional skills required to work as a reporter in the multimedia era, with intense academic study of established disciplines including history, politics and law. His research focuses on the history of journalism in democracies at war. He is a critic of media studies, a discipline which he dismisses as damaging to reasoned understanding of public service journalism.
He worked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme for which he produced, edited and reported from the UK and abroad. Luckhurst covered the Romanian Revolution of 1989, the First Gulf War and the Waco Siege for BBC Radio and reported on the liberation of Kosovo and the fall of Slobodan Miloševi? for The Scotsman. He was the BBC’s Washington Producer during the first year of the Clinton presidency and returned to the UK to become a senior member of the team that designed and launched BBC Radio Five Live. He played a crucial role in winning for Five Live the 1995 Sony Radio Academy Award for Station of the Year. From 1995 to 1997 he was Editor of News Programmes at BBC Scotland in which role he introduced bi-media working in BBC Scotland newsrooms and thoroughly revised the design and presentation of programmes including Good Morning Scotland, Newsdrive and Reporting Scotland.
He has won two Sony Radio Academy Awards for news broadcasting (The Romanian Revolution 1989 for Radio 4’s Today Programme and the IRA ceasefire of 1995 for Radio Five Live).
He has also written about motorcycling for The Independent’s motoring section. He has written for publications including the New Statesman, The New Republic, The Spectator, the British Journalism Review, The Times and The Globe and Mail. He is a frequent contributor to programmes on LBC Radio, Talksport and BBC Radio. He is a member of the Society of Editors and the National Union of Journalists.
He is married to Dorothy Luckhurst (née Williamson). Tim and Dorothy Luckhurst are the parents of four children, Phoebe, Toby, Georgia and Molly.