In a unique contribution to the debate about religion and ethics broadcasting, a new report, published by the Christian think-tank Ekklesia, challenges the terms of the current controversy over BBC Radio 4’s flagship ‘God slot’ by actually analysing its content – with some surprising results.
The General Synod of the Church of England has rejected a motion condemning the television coverage of religion by the BBC and independent companies, preferring to encourage rather than cajole broadcasters.
Rather than moaning about religious output on the BBC and elsewhere, Christians would do better to look at how - and what - they are communicating themselves, says Simon Barrow. In a mixed belief era the church cannot expect privileged coverage, but it has unparalleled opportunities to engage in a vibrant media environment.
Calls for the BBC's new head of religion and ethics to be a Christian as if by right or necessity are wrong, says Sunny Hundal. Public broadcasting should be open to all and not beholden to narrow lobbies.