I have been concerned about the BBC for some time. I wrote about those concerns last year and since then I believe matters have got worse, not better. As far as political coverage is concerned, this national treasure is beginning to look like a cosy club.
The first episode of twelve in series six of 'The Big Questions', the BBC's Sunday morning religion and ethics TV programme, was broadcast yesterday morning (6 January 2013) on BBC1 at 10.00am. Ekklesia's Jonathan Bartley was part of their line-up. It can be viewed on iPlayer.
With the US presidential election only a matter of days away, BBC Radio Scotland's 'Sunday Morning with Ricky Ross' programme will explore why religion is so important in American political life, and the extent to which religion and belief may impact the outcome of the electoral process.
Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow appears on BBC Radio Wales' 'All Things Considered' programme at 9am on Sunday 29 April 2012. It lasts around 30 minutes and is also available afterwards as a Podcast.
It is almost a truism to note that if the mainstream media is our only source of news regarding anything to do with religion (however that might be conceived) in the Middle East, or even the Middle East in general, we are in deep trouble, says Dr Michael Marten. Here he analyses some of the major misunderstandings, urging the BBC and others to 'up their game' and to have the courage to address difficult and contentious issues appropriately.
As previously reported on Ekklesia, Professor Jolyon Mitchell from Edinburgh University delivered his inaugural lecture entitled 'How can weapons be turned into art? How can swords be transformed into ploughshares?' back in September last year. It is now available to view here on YouTube, and very well worth watching.