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Describe the variety of specifically relgious programmes on the four man television channels?

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Ai) Describe the variety of specifically religious programmes on the four main television channels? (8) For many years the four main television channels have been broadcasting a variety of religious programmes. Up until now religious broadcasting was targeted towards Christians, who attended Church, and acknowledged all traditional Christian doctrines. It is only quite recently that the nature of broadcasting has changed, due to the fact our country has encouraged more of a multicultural atmosphere, and therefore the current target audience for religious broadcasting has changed. Currently there are four main religious broadcasting categories into which programmes fall; they are, worship programmes, entertainment programmes, magazines programmes, and religious documentaries. Each of these categories appeal to various types of people, most will be aired on a daily basis. To regulate the content of religious broadcasting Ofcom uses an extensive definition "A religious programme is a programme which deals with matters of religion as the central subject, or as a significant part, of the programme." ...read more.


I surveyed the different number of religious television programmes over the week. Programme Time Day Channel Religion Age Group Multi-faith Which type? Heaven & Earth 10am-12pm Sunday BBC 1 Christianity 25+ Yes Magazine Songs of Praise 6.10 pm- 6.45 pm Sunday BBC 1 Christianity 50+ No Worship The Big Question 10am-11am Sunday BBC All religions All Yes Series Faith in the Future 1.55pm-2.25pm Tuesday ITV 3 All religions All Yes Documentary Karma Babies 11.30p -12.30pm Wednesday BBC 1 Hinduism All No Documentary Faith in the Future 2pm-2.35pm Friday ITV 3 All religions All Yes Documentary ITV News - Remembrance 10.55am-11am Saturday ITV 1 Christianity All Yes Worship Programmes like the "Songs of Praise", are shown on the BBC regularly on a Sunday, usually in the early evening. This programme is mainly based on the Christian religion. It is has about an average of 4 million viewers on a weekly basis. It is known to be the most watched and longest running religious television programme in the world, as it goes through its 45th year of broadcasting. ...read more.


This in turn proves that the media not only shows religious programmes from different categories but also from different cultures. Although the four main television channels may have a variety in programming, it is usually based on the Christian faith, the faith of the country, the most popular programme being 'Songs of Praise'. It is based around traditional Christian hymns. It is believed to be the most watched and longest ever running programme in the world. It is broadcasted all over World, in places like Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. It includes a number of famous celebrities who have been interviewed on the show, such as Pope John Paul II, Tony Blair, Alan Ayckbourn, Francess Shand Kydd, and members of the Royal Family. The variety of celebrities brought on the show resulted in high numbers of viewers. 'Songs of Praise' is a successful worship show, and will continue to engage many viewers if not more. However, all four television channels do broadcast a wide variety of programmes, covering different religions and in innovative ways, and this trend will probably continue. ?? ?? ?? ?? Anushi Patel 11E Religious Studies Coursework 20-02-08 ...read more.

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