BBC Radio Manchester presenter Mike Shaft has won a Jerusalem Award for his Sunday Breakfast show.
The Jerusalem Awards promote Christian involvement in broadcasting and Mike’s show beat off competition from 17 stations including Radio 4 and Radio 2 for best radio strand with Sunday breakfast.
The judges said “a delightful presentational style and truly fitting of the great city from which it comes….willing to ask any question and to leave questions open, this is 21st century religious broadcasting…”
The entry included a discussion about the growing divide between black and white Christians following Trump’s election, the story of a Rwandan asylum seeker, and a debate between the Bishop of Manchester and Jayne Ozanne on the Synod report on same sex marriage.
BBC Radio Manchester Managing Editor Kate Squire says: “I’m so proud Mike Shaft and the team. Every Sunday breakfast is a brilliant inspiring programme and I’m delighted the programme has received the recognition it deserves.”
Mike Shaft said: “The team is absolutely delighted. It’s the first award ceremony I’ve been to where we’ve come away with the big prize!
“I was so happy to be nominated, I arrived there over the moon anyway and then when they announced we had won it was just a wonderful evening.”
The shortlist in the Radio Strand category included:
Beyond Belief – BBC Radio 4
Heart of the Matter – Black Diamond FM
Inspirit with Jumoké Fashola – BBC Radio London
Pause for Thought – BBC Radio 2
The Pilgrim’s Pod – Premier Christian Radio
Sunday Breakfast with Mike Shaft – BBC Radio Manchester