Pete Atkinson

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, Film and Media Studies.

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Harrington Building, HA242

+44 (0) 1772 89 5793

Pete has recently contributed a chapter to the collected edition Fifty Years with the Beatles: The Impact of the Beatles on Contemporary Culture (2010). Other international publications reflect his interest in the role of broadcasting in regional representation, in particular in relation to popular music. Pete also has a recent article on verse-documentary in Studies in Documentary Film (Aus).

Pete is research active within the area of journalism, media theory and practice and is a member of the Film, Media and Culture research group.

Full Profile

Pete has contributed papers on the role of broadcasting in regional representation in particular in relation to popular music at a number of international conferences including Identities, The 76th Anglo-American Conference of Historians and A Sense of Time and Place conference in Liverpool both in 2007.

Pete's Qualifications: PhD in English Studies, Lancaster University; MA in Contemporary Literary Studies, Lancaster University; BA(Hons), First Class in English, Drama and Television Studies, University of Leeds.

Pete had a joint article published on The Conversation in July 2018 about the North-South divide entitled ‘England’s north-south divide is history – but the nation’s rifts are deepening’.


`The Beatles and the broadcasting of cultural revolution, 1958-1963' in Fifty Years with the Beatles: The Impact of the Beatles on Contemporary Culture (Lodz University Press: 2010).

'The Beatles on BBC Radio in 1963: The "Scouse" Inflection and a Politics of Sound in the Rise of Mersey Beat'. Popular Music and Society, Vol 32, No.2, May 2011.

'Poetic licence: Issues of signification and authorship in British television verse-documentary, 1986–96.' Studies in Documentary Film, Vol 5, No.1, Spring 2011.

More publications


Pete is currently researching commissioning patterns for Independent broadcasting producers in the North West following the opening of MediaCityUK and is currently working on a paper with on this topic.


External activities

Outside university Pete is a Trustee of NOISE Festival, a charity that promotes the work of young creatives. People will have seen NOISELab in Market St, Manchester, a pop-up shop set-up in 2010 as a joint initiative with Manchester City Council and a space providing exhibition and performance facilities for young people in the area. One of Pete's passionate aims as a professional, and as a volunteer, is to help young people achieve their creative potential.


Senior lecturer in media and popular culture, UG and PG.

Course Leader for Film and Media Studies.