Recent blog posts
- Is Religious Broadcasting Fit for Purpose? September 5, 2016
- What I learnt watching telly for @sandfordawards June 3, 2016
- All party parliamentary group on religious literacy in the media May 24, 2016
Religious literacy and the future of broadcasting
“My generation grew up thinking that religion was completely marginal to British life, which, as for the rest of the world, has been proved more and more wrong..."
Simon Schama, historian.
Over the summer the government published more details about charter renewal and a call for the BBC to better represent the UK's different ethnicities and communities. The House of Lords are also concerned with diversity - they recommended that proposals to privatise Channel 4 should be shelved in order to safeguard the network's commitment to public service broadcasting and on-screen diversity.
At the Sandford St Martin Trust we believe the commitment to representing diversity - and religious diversity particularly - is ever more important in the modern world. We argue that in order to deliver proper coverage of world affairs and community issues in the UK, broadcasters have an obligation to be religiously literate and interested in religious issues and religious diversity. Yes: diversity includes ethnicity, sexuality and regional difference but different belief systems and the impact they have on societies also need to be properly acknowledged and recognised in this mix.
For more information about the Trust's advocacy work and our public inquiry submissions, please go to our News page.