Best religious broadcasting recognised by Sandford St Martin Trust

The winners have been announced for the Sandford St Martin Trust religious broadcasting awards.

The awards were held last night at Lambeth Palace where a speech was given by the BBC's Edward Stourton, who yesterday told Press Gazette British journalists have a "blind spot" when it comes to covering religion.

Here is the press release:

Today (Tuesday 3 June 2014), the Sandford St Martin Trust has announced that the BBC's The Story of the Jews has scooped two top accolades at its annual media awards. five-part series, won both the Sandford St Martin Television Award and the Radio Times Readers Award. The series, presented by Simon Schama and produced by Oxford Film and Television for BBC Two, took a personal look at 3,000 years of Jewish history.

The Radio Award was won by I Have a Dream, produced by BBC Scotland Featuresfor BBC Radio 4. The programme brought together well-known personalities to read portions of the famous speech delivered by Martin Luther King in 1963. Readers included: the late Maya Angelou, American author and Civil Rights activist; Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered British teenager Stephen Lawrence; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; and American musician, Stevie Wonder. 

The Trust's new award for Local, Community and Online programming went to Sounds Jewish: The Jewish Revival in Poland, a podcast produced by JW3: Jewish Community Centre for London and broadcast by The story follows Denise Grollmus as she travels to Poland to search out her ancestral roots.

Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg received the Personal Award. Roger Bolton, trustee of the Sandford St Martin Trust, said he was being recognised for: "putting religion at the heart of human experience and exploring it in such a way that it has enriched public discourse for decades."

The late Sir John Tavener was also recognised, with the Trustees' Award, for "the outstanding contribution his music has made to raising spiritual awareness, building bridges between people of all faiths and none".

The Rt Rev Nick Baines, Bishop-elect of Leeds and Chair of the Sandford St Martin Trust, said: "This year's entrants were a true reflection of the quality and depth of religious broadcasting in this country.  While they all sought to illuminate, educate and entertain us, they also stretched our understanding – vital in the complex modern world.  More such broadcasting can only make us stronger as a society."


Television Awards


The Story of the Jews: Episode 4: ‘Over the Rainbow'

Oxford Film and Television for BBC2


A Very British Ramadan

Watershed Productions for Channel 4

Hillsborough: Never Forgotten

BBC Religion and Ethics for BBC2

Radio Times Readers Award 

The Story of the Jews: Episode 4: ‘Over the Rainbow'

Oxford Film and Television for BBC2

Radio Awards


I Have A Dream

BBC Scotland Features for BBC Radio 4


Married for a Minute

BBC Asian Network

Local, Community or Online Award

Sounds Jewish: The Jewish Revival in Poland

JW3: Jewish Community Centre for London for

 Personal Award

Melvyn Bragg

Trustees' Award

Sir John Tavener

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