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Audio: The future of religious broadcasting

Panel discussion with Roger Bolton (picture) at the British Library, 18 July 2007


Roger BoltonTelevision may be chasing ratings rather than religion - but the Internet will open up many opportunities for religious radio and television programming, possibly on an inexpensive pay-per-view basis. So a panel of broadcasting experts decided at this panel session, chaired by BBC broadcaster Roger Bolton.
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Increasing access to the Internet will open up many opportunities for religious radio and television programmes, the panel of broadcasting experts decided in this fascinating talk.

Mainstream channels, they decided, will concentrate on big-budget projects aimed at a general audience, while the 'middle market' will increasingly be able to choose from a wide range of faith-based programming available through websites, perhaps on an inexpensive pay-per-view basis of 50p or so per download.

On the panel were Adam Kemp, commissioner of religious music and arts programming at the BBC; Nick Stewart, head of the prominent religious programmes production company CDTC; OFCOM programme executive Stephanie Peat; and the commissioning editor at Channel 4 Aaqil Ahmed.

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