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Thursday, September 29, 2016
BBC chief promises more religious broadcasting
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¬†The director general of the BBC has committed the organisation to providing more religious broadcasting. Speaking at the Churches' Media Conference yesterday at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick in Derbyshire, Mark Thompson said he was looking at creative ways in which religion could be incorporated into other programmes. Religion has moved "front and centre stage", he said, adding that broadcasting had become very interested in moral questions again. Thompson praised BBC2's 'The Monastery'. He said broadcasters were no longer moral gatekeepers, but said more creativity and freedom in the treatment of Christianity in broadcasting was needed. He called for "a rather different, richer relationship with the UK's faith communities, one in which we show more consistency and commitment than we have sometimes done in the past, one in which the communities themselves focus more on creative potential than old battles about entitlement". A practising Catholic, Mr Thompson was, unusually, sporting a tie ≠ an Old Stonyhurst tie. He was a pupil at the College from 1970 to 1975. After his address at the he was presented with a Stonyhurst plaque by Fr Denis Blackledge SJ, Father Superior and chaplain at the College. The full text of his speech can be found on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/speeches/stories/thompson_churches.shtml
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