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About Nick Baines
Nick is the Bishop of Bradford, an experienced broadcaster, writer and blogger Nick will be well known to many from his regular contribution to ‘Pause for Thought’ on Chris Evan’s Radio 2 show.
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This evening I will be chairing the 2015 Sandford St Martin Awards ceremony at Lambeth Palace. These annual awards are prestigious and pull in some amazing examples of excellent programming. The re-shaped Trust has this year attracted an enormous number of entries in three categories: television, radio and – for the first time – children. Our […]
It was announced last week that the BBC is to shake up its commissioning briefs (so to speak). According to reports, four of the BBC’s most senior commissioners will have their roles closed as part of a major overhaul of the factual division. The restructuring, which is being overseen by factual commissioning controller Emma Swain, […]
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 […]
It is hardly surprising, but I am a fan of religious broadcasting. Not any religious broadcasting, or bad religious broadcasting, but good and excellent religious broadcasting. And there is plenty of it about. However, much that would qualify as such does not hit the radar of most commissioning editors or producers. One of the most […]
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VOTE IN 2018 SANFORD ST MARTIN/RADIO TIMES READERS’ AWARD TO BE LAUNCHED MARCH 27
On March 27th Tom Loxley, Sandford St Martin Trustee and Executive Editor of the Radio Times will be launching this year’s Radio Times Readers’ Award for the best programmes exploring religion, ethics or spirituality at the Exploring Belief Festival. Billed as “a fresh look at the way religion is reported in the media and new ways to cover the oldest stories at all”, in addition to Tom, Festival speakers will include James Harding (former Director of BBC News and editor of The Times before that), Mark Thompson (former Director General of the BBC, now President and CEO of the New York Times), Mohit Bakaya (Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4), Fatima Salaria (BBC TV Commissioning Editor for Religion & Ethics) and Frank Cottrell Boyce (writer of books, screenplays and so much more).
Watch this space or follow us on Twitter to find out what programmes you can vote for. Or come to the Festival – tickets are available here: https://www.jw3.org.uk/exploring-belief#.WrTo8E1LHmQ