Carolyn Jackson-Brown

Carolyn Jackson-Brown


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Disability, the Media and the Paralympic Games (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society) (2020 HB; 2022 PB)

Book Reviews: 

"In this important book Carolyn Jackson-Brown addresses the immense role played by television in the representation of disability. She presents a fascinating account of how public perceptions of disabled sportspeople can be shifted from a discourse of strangeness and embarrassment to admiration, acceptance and inclusion. Many books about television tell us about failures of representation; this one presents a story of bold risk-taking." - Stephen Coleman, Professor of Political Communication, University of Leeds, UK

"It is now clear that Channel 4’s broadcasting and promotion of the 2012 Paralympics was a turning point for disability and para-sport broadcasting, which changed the conversation about disability in the UK and had lasting reverberations for broadcasters across the world. This unique book provides the definitive inside story of Channel 4’s Paralympic broadcasting strategy towards 2012 and beyond. Filled with rich insights and engagingly written throughout, this book is the most in-depth study of Paralympic broadcasting strategy to date." -Dan Jackson, Associate Professor of Media and Communication, Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth University, UK

"Jackson-Brown does an excellent job of incorporating her study on athletes with disabilities and the media’s influence … [she] has done the hard work of gathering the necessary data and assembling it so it will be understandable to the layperson. She illustrates how and why the Paralympic Games and disabled athletes in general have become more accepted by sports fans and the role that social media have played in that acceptance. This book will appeal to any reader who is interested in the topic of disability, sports, and the media. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers." - S. J. Bryant, Michigan State University, CHOICE magazine


Industry Broadcast Media Post-Production Credits:


National Television

'Newsnight' BBC2 [news, analysis and current affairs with Jeremy Paxman]

'The Money Programme' BBC2 [finance & business affairs with Robin Aitken]

'On The Record' BBC2 [politics & current affairs with John Cole, pre-cursor to the Andrew Marr Show]

'Newsround' CBBC [childrens' TV with Krishnan Guru-Murthy]

'Westminster' BBC2 [politics daily highlights, responsible for five craft BBCTV video editors]

'BBC Breakfast' BBC1 [daily talk show, worked on overnight sports desk]

'One O'Clock News' BBC1 [lunchtime news bulletin]

'Six O'Clock News' BBC1  [evening news bulletin]

'Nine O'Clock News' BBC1 [now the Ten O'Clock News with Huw Edwards]

Other BBC1 & BBC2 news and current affairs output incl. weekly and daily news summaries


Regional Television

'Tonight' YTV [light entertainment, topical, arts and celebrity magazine show]

Documentary Features YTV [directed by Peter Cook, Cathy Purnall, Jayne Hickson & Steve Burnip]

'Calendar News' [local TV news with Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot; cut stories for the bulletins]


Film Music Soundtrack Composer

'The Monkeys Paw' Channel 4


Professional Photography:

British Rail Britainshrinkers Campaign

Samuel Lewis Housing Trust

Private Weddings

Solo Art Photography Exhibition

Southwark Cathedral Easter Installation


Professional Music Engagements:

Bettys Tea Rooms Harrogate [resident cafe pianist since 1999]

Imperial Tea Rooms Harrogate [regular events pianist]

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal [ad hoc]

Goldsborough Hall [ad hoc] 

Ripley Castle [ad hoc]






Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Media & Communication - Meeting the Superhumans: Channel Four, Disability & the London 2012 Paralympics, University of Leeds

Award Date: 1 Aug 2018

Master of Arts, Social Research - Proud to be British: National Identity and the London 2012 Olympic Games, University of Leeds

Award Date: 1 Sept 2013

Bachelor of Arts, Photography, Film & Television - The Presentation of Truth on Television News, University of the Arts, London

External positions

Panel Judge - News & Documentary, Royal Television Society


  • HM Sociology
  • media production
  • communication
  • representation
  • public service broadcast
  • television studies
  • meaning-making
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • pedagogy

REF 2029 UOA

  • UOA34 - Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management


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