Enter the Sandford St Martin 2021 Awards

This year, in addition to our regular categories, the Trust is pleased to announce two new special categories for broadcast content made in response to coronavirus, the pandemic or lockdown and involving faith or belief.  The new categories are the Content Award (for programmes or reports that explore or examine the human experience of COVID-19 from a religious perspective or through a religious lens) and the Community Award (for broadcasting that has supported or maintained religious or belief communities during the pandemic).

For full details about all our award categories (TV/Video, Radio/Audio, Journalism, or Children’s Broadcasting) visit our Awards page.

Or, if you’re looking for inspiration, find out more about the 2020 winners.

Or watch the Sandford St Martin 2020 Awards ceremony, including a special contribution from Stormzy, winner of the 2020 Trustees’ Award

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.  Recent partnerships have been with the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Media Society, the NUJ and others.

Read about the Trust’s new series of Media Salons and other outreach projects on our Events page.

Read Nicola Meyrick’s blog Why Good Journalists Believe in Religion here.

Why religious and ethical broadcasting?

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. 

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