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The 25th Christian Broadcasting Council (CBC) media awards celebrated the best Christian programming in a gala presentation hosted by comedian Tim Vine

The 25th Christian Broadcasting Council (CBC) media awards celebrated the best Christian programming from the worlds of radio, TV and film-making in a gala presentation hosted by comedian Tim Vine (right).

“The quality gets better and better each year,” said CBC Chairman Olave Snelling. “This year we received an incredible range of entries concerned with the Christian faith from across the media in this land.”

The 25th Annual CBC Awards, celebrating excellence in Christian broadcasting, were held at London’s Tower Bridge Hotel on 5 October. Categories encompassed TV, radio, movies, events and new media – programmes upholding Christian values and belief in ways that are relevant to an ever-changing audience. Awards were given in 17 categories.

Gold for the best broadcast interview went to God TV’s Middle East Special – Baghdad, where Christians are living under the ever-present threat of suicide bombs. Rory Alec interviewed Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Baghdad, in a programme described by the judges as “Brilliant, revealing what it is like for Christians to live each day as if it were their last.” The programme was produced and directed by Graeme Spencer, who picked up two other gold awards.

Included in the best radio categories was a giant-killing gold for hospital radio. Producer/presenter Shelagh Godwin took the Gold for Dan Eley – A Life of Hop' for Hospital Radio Lion, which is based in Guildford.

Mainstream broadcasters, including the BBC, competed for awards and came away with honours in a range of categories. BBC Radio 4 was awarded Gold for the Innovative Use of Radio, for The People's Passion, produced by Peter Everett and Christine Morgan.

And BBC2 took Gold in the Best Broadcast TV Series category for a programme following the work of Street Pastors in Liverpool. Angels of Mersey was produced by Tommy Nagra and Jane Beckwith.

“The sheer joy of the award-winners was what this is all about,” said Olave Snelling, “especially the unsung heroes of broadcasting, many of whom are volunteers. For 25 years the CBC Awards have aimed to inspire a new generation of Christian broadcasters and reward their hard work and creativity.”

The 25th CBC Awards were staged by Vivid Broadcast.

CBC represents Christians in the media and is a seasoned campaigner for Christian broadcasting, championing legal rights and religious freedoms. CBC members have been involved since the late 1980s in submitting responses to government and broadcasting regulators concerning broadcasting and communications regulation.

Through its annual Awards, the Christian Broadcasting Council encourages excellence in religious broadcasting.

(Photo: Andrew Boyd)


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