The author has no competing interests to declare.
Paddy Scannell is Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. A founding editor of the journal Media, Culture and Society he was also one of the early pioneers of media studies with colleagues at the University of Westminster. His publications include Television and the Meaning of Live (2013), Media and Communication (2007) and Radio Television and Modern Life (1996). ‘An Interview with Professor Paddy Scannell’ concerning his career was conducted by Tarik Sabry and published in Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, vol: 4(2). DOI: https://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.80