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Nick Baines

The Best in Religious Broadcasting

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 […]

To Lambeth Palace…

For 2015 the Sandford St Martin Trust kicked off its annual celebration of exceptional programmes about religion, ethics and spirituality with the announcement of a new Children’s Broadcasting Award.   In addition to its Radio and TV categories, the Children’s category is for broadcast content aimed at under 18s which improves young people’s understanding of religion and/or introduces them […]

Can journalists afford to ignore religion? Depends what you believe

On March 18th, Dame Ann Leslie, Roger Bolton, Professor Steven Barnett and Myriam Francois-Cerrah gathered to discuss one of the hottest issues in journalism today in front of a sold-out audience at London’s Groucho Club.  Edward Stourton, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme, chaired the lively debate in which the panelists argued over the […]

Hurrah for Children’s Religious Programmes!

This year the Sandford St Martin Trust launched a new award for Children’s broadcasting.  Sharmini Selvarajah, formerly with the Sutton Trust and a freelance broadcaster and journalist, was one of those media professionals invited to help hone a shortlist from the many excellent entries.  She writes here about the experience. As a child I thought […]

Nick Baines

With a restructure in the offing, what is the future for Religion at the BBC?

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, […]