Asking the big questions

Asking the big questions

The BBC is launching a new belief and ethics TV programme - and Ekklesia is on board from the outset.

Presented by broadcaster, DJ and journalist Nicky Campbell. 'The Big Questions' on BBC One, 10 am on Sundays, starting 9 September 2007, aims to do just that.

The panel for the first programme will be journalist Amanda Platell; Jonathan Bartley, co-director of Ekklesia; Dr Jeevan Deol, an academic specialising in religion and politics; and the scientist and broadcaster Dr Alice Roberts.

The Big Questions is produced by Mentorn Oxford, makers of BBC One’s high profile Question Time. With the show coming from various locations across the country during its 24 week run, the first programme comes from Wychwood school in Oxford.

A major focus for the first programme will be a new BBC commissioned survey which reveals that 83% of an monitored sample agreed or strongly agreed with that statement that Britain is experiencing moral decline.

A majority also said that they thought religion could play an important role in moral guidance, with a significant minority (nearly 30 per cent) disagreeing.

"We need more informed debate on the role of both religious and non-religious belief systems today", said Ekklesia's Jonathan Bartley. "The Big Questions can play an important part in taking that discussion forward in the public arena. It needs to be lively, engaging and topical."

Today (7 September 2007) Jonathan is due on: 6.20am BBC Breakfast TV News, 7-9.00 ten Regional Radio News programmes, 9.20 BBC News 24. Times may vary.

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