1006, 2014

Moving from one creative challenge to another: student to professional

By |June 10th, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off

Ella Robson has recently graduated from our BA (Hons) Media and Communication course. In this post, she reflects on the experience she gained during her studies.

As I’m writing this I’m listening to yet another Spotify playlist that I’d made to help inspire me to write some recent blogs and articles. I, much like many of […]

3001, 2014

Has Sky changed TV forever?

By |January 30th, 2014|In The News|1 Comment

Vanessa Jackson, Degree Leader in Television at Birmingham City University

On 5 February 1989 Sky Television launched its four-channel package. This year the company celebrates its 25th anniversary – and how far it has come in that time! The satellite market was slow to grow initially, and amid mounting losses Sky Television merged with British Satellite Broadcasting in […]

1402, 2012

BBC2 Protecting our Children ‘Damned if you do and Damned if you don’t’

By |February 14th, 2012|In The News|Comments Off

By Mark Williams-Thomas (right), TV Presenter, Criminologist & Child Protection Expert, Birmingham City University and Dr Liz Davies, Reader in Child Protection, London Metropolitan University.

The first episode of the BBC2 documentary  Protecting our Children showed the chronic and ongoing neglect of Toby, a 3 year old learning disabled child, by his parents Tiffany and Mike. […]

902, 2012

MOTHERTRUCKERS – A fly on the windscreen documentary

By |February 9th, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off

By Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology

Channel 4 will screen a new documentary on Thursday 9th February at 10pm; “an amusing film covering the lives of a group of female truck drivers, working in a male-dominated profession, while juggling family life, domestic responsibilities and trying to stay feminine”. One sentence in and it feels […]

806, 2011

Televised Begging: The Fairy Jobmother

By |June 8th, 2011|Opinion|4 Comments

By Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology.

A new ultra-low in television’s use of the jobless as entertainment, by Channel 4

Last night, Channel 4 screened the first episode in the second series of The Fairy Jobmother. The premise is a simple and tired one – Hayley Taylor is a work “guru” who takes on a […]

1312, 2010

X-Factor must help fame-hungry contestants avoid meltdown

By |December 13th, 2010|Opinion|Comments Off

Professor Craig Jackson, head of psychology at Birmingham City University, comments on the challenges facing the contestants as they are thrown back into the real world and offers advice for a ‘healthy’ life post-X-Factor:

“As the latest series of X-Factor shuffles off the screens and onto the charts with the predictable Christmas releases, viewers and […]

2411, 2010

The trouble with “Reality TV”

By |November 24th, 2010|Opinion|1 Comment

By Professor Craig Jackson, Head of the Psychology Division and is Professor of Occupational Health Psychology at Birmingham City University

There is little doubt that reality TV shows that rely on viewers voting in and selecting who does or doesn’t succeed remain as popular as ever. Despite a slight increase in the viewing public’s cynicism over […]