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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Guardian journalist wins religious writer award
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┬áThe Guardian's religious correspondent, Stephen Bates has been awarded Religious Writer of the Year, by the Churches Media Council at the annual Andrew Cross Awards held on Tuesday evening, while BBC London Radio's multi-faith magazine programme presenter, JumukÚ Fashola scooped the Religious Broadcaster of the Year. The two journalists were among 17 award-winners to be presented with trophies by Big Brother winner, Cameron Stout. He said: "I'm delighted to be taking part in these awards which display the range and quality of programmes and items across television, radio and print media. Tonight's winners show that it is obvious that Christianity a vital and creative part of the media." Among the categories from radio and television to websites and publications, there was a special documentary award in memory of Martha Doyle, which was presented by her brother Paul Doyle to winners BBC Scotland. Martha was one of the most respected religious affairs reporters on the BBC ş this was reflected in her passion for the subject and her desire to explain the faith to audiences. Entries were submitted from across the UK and from all areas of the media from programme makers and print journalists to website designers and video-makers. Winners ranged from BBC teams and commercial broadcasters to small community radio stations and church groups. Chairman of the Judges, Dr Jim McDonnell praised the quality of the entries that had come from a wide spectrum of the media including the BBC, commercial broadcasters, ecumenical groups and Christian and community radio. He said: "Tonight shows us again that religious broadcasting is alive and well. We need commissioners and controllers to recognise religious broadcasters because the talent is there and it is clear that we can deliver high quality religious broadcasting." He commended the fresh approach which many winners and commended entrants had brought to their entries and said the judges had noted the energy and creativity in many of the programmes. Source: CMC
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