Staff profile

Dr Daithi McMahon

Senior Lecturer in Media

Daithi McMahon


Film and Media


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts

Research centre

Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



My background is as a writer, director and producer for radio, particularly radio/audio drama for which I have won multiple international awards and critical acclaim. I am a Senior Lecturer in Media and Programme Leader for the BA Radio Production specialising in radio/audio production and scriptwriting. I continue to write and produce radio productions and artistic audio pieces including, more recently, ambisonic audio drama. 

Teaching responsibilities

I primarily teach modules in radio, audio and podcast production and scriptwriting across both undergraduate and postgraduate media programmes. At undergraduate level, I teach on the BA Media Production and the BA Radio Production. I also teach and supervisor dissertations on the MA Writing for Performance programme. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate final year projects across a number of media including audio drama, feature length film and long form drama screenplay projects. I am also regularly involved in collaborative projects that work across a number of programmes within the University.

Professional interests

I love radio and audio in all its forms. I continue to write, direct, produce and executive produce radio dramas and documentaries. I also have a growing interest in TV/film production including screenwriting for long form TV drama and short and feature length films.

Research interests

My doctoral thesis explored the impact of Facebook on the Irish Radio Industry and my other research interests are in media convergence, the digitalisation of radio and young radio audience's uses of radio. I am also a multi award-winning radio playwright and producer and continue to practice in this capacity. I am currently experimenting with ambisonic audio drama through the multidisciplinary collaborative project When the Boys Come Home involving University of Derby students as well as other podcast and oral history projects including Our Story: A History of the Irish in Derby with The Derby Irish Association. I am involved as leader of the Media Unit of S.H.E.D. The Artistry of Conversation research project led by Dr Rhiannon Jones.

I would be happy to hear from other academics interested in collaborating on future research projects in the above or related areas.



Recent conferences

Conference Papers

Experience in industry

I am a multi-award winning and critically acclaimed playwright, director, performer, producer, editor and sound engineer with a wealth of experience in writing and media production, particularly in radio/audio. During that time I have built a strong body of radio productions in live and pre-produced formats with the bulk being radio drama, documentary or docu-drama productions. Below is a list of my work to date.

Authored & Produced Projects

Produced Projects

* New York Festivals International Radio Award Winner
** Prix Europa Nominee
† PPI Radio Award Winner †‡ PPI Award Nominee
†† Writers' Guild of Ireland Zebbie Award Nominee

International experience

In the media

I am generally available to the media to discuss matters related to my work and research.

Recent publications



Belong is an original radio drama by Fred O’Connor and Daithí McMahon about one man’s experience of homelessness in modern Dublin. It was first broadcast on the Newstalk radio station in July 2020.

William Melville – Eve of War

William Melville – Eve of War is an original radio drama about an Irish immigrant who became the first chief of the British Secret Service Bureau. It was written by Fred O’Connor and produced by Daithi McMahon. It was first broadcast on Radio Kerry in January 2016.