The Sandford St Martin Awards

The Sandford St Martin 2022 Awards are open for entries between November 15 and 31 January. For more information about the categories and the eligibility criteria, visit our Awards page.

Winners of the 2021 Awards were announced as part of a live and interactive streamed ceremony on June 8th. Click here to watch the ceremony and hear some of the winners talking about their work.

Shortlists in the TV/Video, Radio/Audio, Journalism and Children’s Broadcasting categories of the Sandford St Martin 2021 Awards can be found here.

For details of all of the content-makers who entered the 2021 Awards, you can find out more about their entries and the teams who made it happen can be found in our new 2021 Broadcasters Directory. 


Outreach and events

As part of its advocacy role, the Trust produces, participates in and supports debates, lectures, symposia and other events aimed at stimulating debate about the value of religious and ethical broadcasting.

Our most recent event was held at the House of St Barnabas in London’s Soho on 28 October.  “Why Black Media Matters” explored how the media representation of diverse communities and their stories impacts our understanding.

For more information about other projects we’ve been involved in including “What 4? How will privatisation affect religious diversity at Channel 4?” and “Broadcasting in the time of Corona: strategies for Journalists & Producers”, or to watch recordings of some of those sessions, go to our Events page.

Our thanks to our many partners including the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Media Society, the NUJ and others. We’re also grateful to the Allchurches Trust whose grant has helped us expand and develop our work.

Why religious and ethical broadcasting?

17 January 2022: Plans to abolish the BBC licence fee and freeze funding

The BBC plays a critical role in the promotion and enhancement of the public and personal understanding of religion… We would be very sorry to see this or the BBC’s reputation as a world class public service broadcaster and creative leader jeopardised and would welcome an opportunity to discuss how public service broadcasting and the BBC can be funded to truly represent all communities and viewers in the UK.”

Read the Trust’s full response here.

Why does the quality of broadcasting and journalism about belief, faith or people’s ethical or moral view points matter? Read our blog and hear what leading media and religious figures and previous award winners like Simon Schama, Jimmy McGovern, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Martin Bashir and Lyse Doucet think.  Or read the Trust’s submissions to Ofcom, the BBC Trust, The Future of TV inquiry and the House of Lords Communications Committee. 

Support the work of the Sandford St Martin Trust

Our thanks to Rev Kate Bottley and Avanti Media for their support in making this video.