Sandford St Martin Trust awards are open
The Sandford St Martin Trust awards, which recognises broadcasting about religion, ethics and morality are now open for entries.
Entries are welcome about all faiths, from major networks, independents and online sources, at local and national level.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Lambeth Palace, London, where up to £10,000 prize money will be awarded to the best programmes broadcast between 1 February 2013 and 31 January 2014.
Those honoured in recent years have included the former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, David Suchet, former Archbishop Rowan Williams, Melvyn Bragg, Ian Hislop, Rageh Omaar, Howard Jacobson, Sir Mark Tully, Simon Schama and Anna Magnusson. Winning TV programmes have ranged from The Nativity’ and ‘The Life of Muhammad’ to ‘A History of Christianity’ and ‘Rev’, while radio winners have included ‘Resurrection Stories’ and ‘Faith and 9/11’.
The radio and television awards, now in their 36th year, are judged by expert panels. This year they’ll be chaired by broadcaster and presenter Edward Stourton and by author Patrick Gale.
The Rt Rev Nick Baines, Bishop of Bradford and Chair of the Sandford St Martin Trust, said: “Excellent religious broadcasting matters and the Sandford St Martin Trust Awards are unique in rewarding programming that grapples with religious, ethical and moral concerns across all faiths. Religion not only shapes how communities organise, but is integral to any understanding of why people are who they are and what motivates them to act in the way that they do.”
The closing date for entries is February 21st. Click here for details.