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Archbishop Welby: TV tackles the ‘big stuff in life’

10 May 2013

RELIGIOUS broadcasting represents another kind of "reality" television, which deals with "the big stuff in life", the Archbishop of Canterbury said this week.

In an article for the Radio Times, Archbishop Welby argued: "Religious broadcasting can, without embarrassment or spectacle, tackle the big stuff in life: death, love, fear, forgiveness, doubt, conviction, and how we relate to one another as human beings."

These sorts of programmes, Archbishop Welby said, were celebrated by the Sandford St Martin Trust media awards, the shortlist for which was announced on Wednesday of last week. The shortlisted programmes include BBC 2's Arena: Sister Wendy and the art of the gospel, and Goodbye to Canterbury, presented by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams ( News, 4 January), and also broadcast on BBC 2.

Archbishop Welby continued: "While exploring the intimacy of our human experience, religious broadcasting - at its best - does something else equally important: it teaches us about each other. . .

"For adults over a certain age, who have received little in the way of religious education at school - especially of an interfaith variety - religious broadcasting is likely to be their best guide to the different faiths not just of the people they see on the evening news, but of the people they meet at the school gates, or queue next to at the post office."

The winners of the Sandford St Martin Trust media awards will be announced at a ceremony at Lambeth Palace on 3 June. The winners will share £10,000 in prize money.

The full article can be read here.


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