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Roger Bolton - Radio's Resurrection

Atheism is in crisis

Atheism is in crisis, not least because it fails to satisfy human needs. This may seem a questionable statement given the success of the atheist author Richard Dawkins, but it’s beginning to occur to many of his readers that the God of the Old Testament which he so vigorously debunks, is not believed in by most […]

Nick Baines

Religion for the Times

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 […]

Roger Bolton - Radio's Resurrection

Radio’s resurrection

Thirty or even twenty years ago it required a sort of blind faith to believe that serious radio had a future. The majority of consultants beavering away for the BBC, and those who wished to dismantle the Corporation, agreed that the future was a blizzard of television channels. Speech radio would be increasingly irrelevant, the preserve of […]

Ian Hislop

Broadcasters must have faith in religious TV

It’s only appropriate to begin a piece about religious broadcasting with a confession. I am guilty of the sin of pride. I won a Sandford St Martin Trust Award in 2012 for a documentary I made about Victorian bankers and am very proud of it – even though I did not actually think I was […]

Paul Handley

What Revs think about Rev

The plight of an inner-city vicar is being discussed openly and, for once, sympathetically. One of their number — admittedly, a fictional one — was on the cover of the Radio Times and, perhaps less surprisingly, the Church Times. So you’d expect the Revd Adam Smallbone’s real-life colleagues to be pleased. Not universally. This week […]