In this blog, the Sandford St Martin trustee, Torin Douglas reflects on the BBC’s Christmas scheduling and, in the run up to BBC Charter renewal in 2016, asks pertinent questions about what the BBC’s strategy for religion. A shorter version of this blog appeared in the Huffington Post UK. As the Huffington Post reported […]
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About Torin Douglas
Torin is a former BBC media correspondent who speaks and writes about the media and other issues.
Entries by Torin Douglas
When was the last time God was discussed at the Edinburgh International Television Festival? Don’t wrack your brains too hard. It was August this year. That may come as a surprise to some TV producers and broadcasters, but the topic of religious broadcasting – and its growing importance for any understanding of foreign affairs – […]
A session about God at the Edinburgh International Television Festival? Surely not? “We don’t do God” said Alastair Campbell and in recent years most TV commissioners have seemed to agree. Programmes exploring religion and faith have largely disappeared from the commercial channels, leaving the publicly-funded BBC to carry the flame (with quotas to stiffen its […]
Remember when bishops used to berate broadcasters for the reduction in religious programming? In the past month, there’s hardly been a shortage of people discussing their faith on the airwaves, or other programmes reflecting themes of religion and ethics. On Radio 4’s Today programme, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby endorsed Time Magazine’s choice of […]
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.