Bristol: radio station wins national award for Lourdes programme

Bristol's community radio station ­ BCfm 93.2 ­ has won a national award for a special programme about Lourdes.

BCfm's 'Face to Faith' followed Bristol people to Lourdes as they went on pilgrimage to mark the 150th anniversary of the apparitions. Presenter and producer Tom Bigwood interviewed people ranging from the airplane pilot flying the pilgrims to France, to the Bishop of Clifton Right Reverend Declan Lang, as well as the faithful travellers themselves.

The special edition, 'Face to Faith ­ Direct from Lourdes', was broadcast in August and can still be heard at

The silver award for best speech/magazine radio programme was made by the Christian Broadcasting Council at a ceremony in Manchester on Friday night .

BCfm's Station Manager Phil Gibbons said: "This national award for 'Face to Faith' is great news for BCfm and our listeners. It confirms that, even in the year and bit we've been on air, BCfm has produced top quality unique radio, bringing more voices and a greater choice to Bristolians.

"This honour from the Christian Broadcasting Council comes hot on the heels of BCfm's win at the 'Voscurs' ­ a new award to celebrate the fantastic and innovative work done by the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Bristol.

"It's wonderful that the hard work of our 100-plus volunteers is being recognised in these ways."

BCfm's 'Face to Faith' is broadcast at 3pm on Mondays, 11am on Tuesdays and 4pm on Sunday. BCfm can be heard on 93.2fm in the city of Bristol and enjoyed around the world at BCfm is Bristol's first community radio station. It has just two employees but 150 volunteers. It began broadcasting in March 2007. BCfm offers access to air time, direct community involvement, training and the desired community led output of the audience. BCfm gives the people of Bristol the choice and the voice to get involved and make a difference.

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