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About Nick Baines
Nick is the Bishop of Bradford, an experienced broadcaster, writer and blogger Nick will be well known to many from his regular contribution to ‘Pause for Thought’ on Chris Evan’s Radio 2 show.
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Entries by Nick Baines
This evening I will be chairing the 2015 Sandford St Martin Awards ceremony at Lambeth Palace. These annual awards are prestigious and pull in some amazing examples of excellent programming. The re-shaped Trust has this year attracted an enormous number of entries in three categories: television, radio and – for the first time – children. Our […]
It was announced last week that the BBC is to shake up its commissioning briefs (so to speak). According to reports, four of the BBC’s most senior commissioners will have their roles closed as part of a major overhaul of the factual division. The restructuring, which is being overseen by factual commissioning controller Emma Swain, […]
It was reported recently that the BBC is to move current Defence Correspondent Caroline Wyatt to Religion, replacing Robert Pigott who has held the post for a decade. Given Wyatt’s heavyweight role in Defence since 2007, this is seen as a beefing up of the religion brief. Some of us have argued for years that […]
It is hardly surprising, but I am a fan of religious broadcasting. Not any religious broadcasting, or bad religious broadcasting, but good and excellent religious broadcasting. And there is plenty of it about. However, much that would qualify as such does not hit the radar of most commissioning editors or producers. One of the most […]
Recent blog posts
- Thinking about Thought for the Day November 2, 2017
- Ofcom and religious programming on the BBC October 15, 2017
- Meaning and the Media – the Sandford St Martin Awards 2017 June 9, 2017
2018 Sandford St Martin Awards are now open for entries
The Sandford St Martin Trust has been making annual awards for the best broadcast programmes about religion, ethics or spirituality since 1978 – which means 2018 will mark the Trust’s 40th anniversary.
During that time our winners have included Joan Bakewell, Rabbi Lionel Blue, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Melvyn Bragg, Olivia Colman, Lyse Doucet, Ian Hislop, Tom Hollander, Howard Jacobson, Tony Jordan, Faris Kermani, Rashid Khan, Sally Magnusson, Rageh Omar, Sally Phillips, Tony Robinson, Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Simon Schama and David Suchet among many others. And it has been an honour and a privilege to work with them all.
We believe that good broadcasting about religion and ethics matters – possibly more today than ever before. So if you made a programme broadcast during 2017 that explores who we are, what we believe, why we believe and/or what are the consequences, then we hope you’ll consider entering.
More details on the Awards entry webpage or follow us @sandfordawards for updates.