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Pause . . . for applause

17 October 2014

by a staff reporter


THE BBC Radio 2 programme Pause for Thought walked off with three prizes at the Jerusalem Awards at BAFTA on Wednesday evening.

The annual awards, sponsored by the Jerusalem Trust, are for "original, engaging" Christian broadcasting. Pause for Thought, produced for the BBC by TBI Media, appears as two-minute slots in the station's early-morning programme. It won the prize for the best radio series and the best short-form audio. In addition, the producer of the slots, Harad Smith, won the under-25 category.

The prize for a long-duration programme went to All Things Considered  (BBC Radio Wales) for an hour-long interview with Barry and Margaret Mizen, about the random killing of their son in a baker's shop.

At the other end of the scale, the top prize for an Easter broadcast went to The Cat Radio, a community radio station for the University of Chester, for its Best Radio on Radio Easter Special, which included an on-the-spot report of the trial and crucifixion, performed by students.

The Good Friday award went to BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey; and the Christmas award went to CTVC for an edition of Things Unseen with Tony Jordan.

The Video award went to Revival Media for Halloween: Trick or Treat; the prize for Social Networking went to Stewardship for 40acts: Do Lent generously; and there was a Special Award for Premier Christian Radio.

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