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.
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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 […]
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Ofcom Public Consultation on BBC Regulation
On April 3, Ofcom became the first independent, external regulator of the BBC – and it’s now seeking public feedback before it publishes its final plan on how it will regulate the BBC’s performance.
Among its proposals is an increased target for the amount of religious programming on TV to include prime time scheduling on BBC One and Two.
If you would like to learn more about their proposals or to contribute to the Ofcom’s consultation, visit their website:
The public consultation will close on 17 July 2017.