Author Archive for: Anna McNamee
About Anna Mcnamee
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Entries by Anna Mcnamee
It was with great sadness that the Sandford St Martin Trustees learned of the death of Rabbi Lionel Blue in December last year. Over the last three decades, Lionel had secured a place in the hearts and minds of many people but particularly Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme audience. His contributions to Thought For the Day […]
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 […]
“May you live in interesting times!” are the words ancient Chinese sages apparently used to curse their enemies. Somewhat inauspicious then, perhaps, that they’re also the words that sprung most readily to mind when I reviewed the results of the Sandford St Martin Trust’s first public survey on the state of religious, ethical and spiritual broadcasting today. “Interesting […]
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 […]
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THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
The last decade has seen both broadcast technology and the face of religious Britain evolve massively. At the same time UK audiences find they have access to more content than every before, research suggests there has been a steep decline in certain kinds of content – including children’s, arts and religious and ethical programming. Given this back drop, do we need to redefine what we mean by public service broadcasting? How do genres like children’s, arts or religious broadcasting fit into an increasingly digital world? What place is there for religious and ethical content in an increasingly multi-faith, multi-cultural Britain? Do we need targets or quotas? These questions have been at the heart of recent events, sponsored by the Sandford St Martin Trust, at the Wales Screen Summit and the Bradford Literature Festival. And we’re planning more! If you’d like to contribute to the conversation, to share your perspective or hear how broadcasters are responding to these challenges, get in touch or sign up up to our mailing list.
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