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Manchester Cathedral to start broadcasts on YouTube

29 May 2015

MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL is set to become one of the first to run its own TV channel.

It is producing a series of programmes, which will be shown on YouTube in the coming months, that will explain and promote events and the workings of the Church.

The first, The Guide, is already available to view on the cathedral's website. It is a 15-minute report on events, music, art, and the cathedral's staff. More items will be uploaded to The Guide in the coming weeks.

A subsequent programme, Meditations, will show music from the cathedral's services and regular concerts.

The Dean of Manchester, the Very Revd Rogers Govender, said: "We want to remove all walls and barriers of a church which can date its origins back to the 11th century. People across the city, across all our communities, and even the country, can hear our inclusive message, share our history, legacy, and the beauty of art and music.

"Our message of peace and justice in a world torn apart by division, as well as military and natural disasters, will resonate with all those who seek to build the common good in a society and world where all can thrive and flourish.

"Television and the internet are powerful ways to communicate with people of all faiths or none. These new programmes on our own YouTube channel will test the water as we explore the production of regular high-quality broadcasts, on our own website and social media channels; so those who know this building can join a new generation in sharing in the historic legacy and inspiration which this iconic building brings to a bustling post-industrial city"

In The Guide, Dean Govender said: "TV is a great medium to share the story. Television is very accessible, people can switch on and take in what we are all about."

The communications expert Chris Bird, who is developing the channel, said: "The Established Church has been slow to embrace the real opportunities presented by social media, but now Manchester wishes to be a world leader and become one of the first cathedrals in England to regularly broadcast from its breathtaking surroundings, and share the gift which the people of past centuries have left the people of this era." 


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