In this blog, the Sandford St Martin trustee, Torin Douglas reflects on the BBC’s Christmas scheduling and, in the run up to BBC Charter renewal in 2016, asks pertinent questions about what the BBC’s strategy for religion. A shorter version of this blog appeared in the Huffington Post UK. As the Huffington Post reported […]
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Torin is a former BBC media correspondent who speaks and writes about the media and other issues.
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When was the last time God was discussed at the Edinburgh International Television Festival? Don’t wrack your brains too hard. It was August this year. That may come as a surprise to some TV producers and broadcasters, but the topic of religious broadcasting – and its growing importance for any understanding of foreign affairs – […]
A session about God at the Edinburgh International Television Festival? Surely not? “We don’t do God” said Alastair Campbell and in recent years most TV commissioners have seemed to agree. Programmes exploring religion and faith have largely disappeared from the commercial channels, leaving the publicly-funded BBC to carry the flame (with quotas to stiffen its […]
Remember when bishops used to berate broadcasters for the reduction in religious programming? In the past month, there’s hardly been a shortage of people discussing their faith on the airwaves, or other programmes reflecting themes of religion and ethics. On Radio 4’s Today programme, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby endorsed Time Magazine’s choice of […]
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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