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Big names join call for day of prayer for the media

ITV Newsreader Julie Etchingham and BBC Football Focus presenter Dan Walker have joined fellow broadcasters and journalists to pray for the media.

ITV Newsreader Julie Etchingham and BBC Football Focus presenter Dan Walker have joined fellow broadcasters and journalists to pray for the media.

They were responding to a call from the Church and Media Network for churches (CMN) to mark Sunday 20 May as a Day of Prayer for the Media.



The charity is encouraging churches to include local, regional and national media in their prayers. CMN also wants them to “befriend” the media, telling them about their activities and giving feedback on what they broadcast or publish.



Andrew Graystone, Director of CMN, explained: “This call to prayer is part of our response to the intense discussion of media standards over the past twelve months. The media is under pressure as never before with financial constraints and many illegal and dubious practices being rightly brought under the spotlight by the Leveson Inquiry and elsewhere. We certainly do not condone any of these practices.



“Yet at its best the media performs a vital role in our society, giving a voice to the voiceless, holding the powerful to account, keeping people informed and highlighting wrongdoing. As Christians, we want to affirm the vast majority of journalists and others who work in the media who are doing their best to work to high ethical and professional standards, and to pray for them.”



All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, which stands next to the BBC’s newly-redeveloped Broadcasting House complex, is one of the first churches to sign up to take part in the Day of Prayer.
 

Senior Minister Rev Mark Meynell said: "If anyone needs divine wisdom in our generation it is all those involved in communicating with our generation. They need all the prayers they can get!”

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