At the Sandford St Martin Trust we believe that broadcasters have a key role to play when it comes to the public understanding and tolerance of difference. In an increasingly multi-cultural, multi-faith and complex world, broadcasting – because of its reach – can be at the forefront of helping us understand other people’s perspectives, their values and how these inform how they react and respond to the world around them and the decisions they make. If there is one theme that unites this year’s finalists it is “representation”. All the finalists for this year’s awards have contributed in their own way to helping us recognise and appreciate others and deserve celebration with particular kudos to this year’s winners.
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25 JUNE: JOIN US AT THE BRADFORD LITERATURE FESTIVAL
The face of religious Britain is evolving. Research suggests over the last two decades there has been a dramatic decline in the proportion of people who identify with Christianity, a substantial increase in those with no religious affiliation, and a steady increase in those belonging to non-Christian faiths. Against this back drop What is the point of religious broadcasting? Join us at the Bradford Literature Festival when we’ll be exploring what role religious programming serves in the contemporary context and what place it has in a multi-platform, multi-cultural, multi-faith and increasingly secular Britain. Panelists will include founder and CEO of Avanti Media Emyr Afan, MD of Cardiff productions Narinder Minhas and BBC TV commissioner Daisy Scalchi.
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