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The Importance of Being a Children’s Broadcaster

The Sandford St Martin Trust has been making annual awards for the best radio and television programmes about religion, ethics or spirituality since 1978 – so, by comparison, our Children’s Award is still something of a youngster.  Ah, but what a precocious and forward-thrusting youngster it is!  Last year’s judging panel was chaired by the writer and broadcaster Frank Cottrell Boyce. […]

When Religion Makes the News

   Images copyright of: Natasha Hirst @HirstPhotos Whether it’s understanding the difference between Sunni and Shia, the background to claims of anti-Semitism in UK politics, or the popularity of “hate” preachers in the US and how they contributed to the rise of Donald Trump, religion plays a key role in many of the biggest news stories […]

Anna McNamee

Not sure you’ve got what it takes to win a Sandford St Martin Award in 2017? Read this…

  I’ll never forget the first ever conversation I had with the nervous man who would end up editing a series of documentaries about religion I was making. “Nice to meet you”, he said before apologising, “I’m afraid I’m not very religious.” “Not religious” I replied, “or not interested in religion.” Because, while I can […]

Is Religious Broadcasting Fit for Purpose?

It’s been a tumultuous year for the BBC.  What with BBC Charter renewal and the government’s proposed “major overhaul” of how the nation’s broadcaster is run and regulated, rumours about the future of in-house production, digital platforms and fears over the practicality of the BBC licence fee – the BBC’s is being forced to articulate it’s […]

What I learnt watching telly for @sandfordawards

For 2016 the Sandford St Martin Awards have benefitted from the expertise and enthusiasm of a particularly distinguished group of judges and short-listers.  Bryony Taylor, the author of ‘More TV Vicar‘ (a book that gets under the dog-collar of some of the best known religious characters on television) and a curate in Durham is one of them.  Such […]