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Describe the variety of specifically religious programmes on the four main television channels

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Religion and The Media Describe the variety of specifically religious programmes on the four main television channels When religious broadcasting first began the target audience was regular Christian church attendees who accepted all traditional Christian doctrines-other religions were not represented at the time. The nature of broadcasting has changed, as a more multicultural audience is the current target for religious broadcasts. David Kremer the religious broadcasting editor for the BBC describes the present target audience for religious broadcasts as being the `vaguely religious', those who attend church for rites of passage and believe in God, and that life has a purpose but are not strongly religious. Grace Davie describes them as those who "believe without belonging." Currently there are three main categories of religious broadcasting which programmes fall in to: worship programmes, magazine programmes, and religious documentaries. ...read more.

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Songs of Praise, a long running worship programme, recently celebrated its 40th year of running. The target audience is mainly middle class, older females, the congregation being very representational of the target audience. The programme content is the same nature each week, presented from a different church each week. It contains interviews with Christians who have found their faith, or something of a general Christian nature. The range and content of worship programmes has not really changed since its conception. The content is relevant to its popularity is because the services are at an appropriate time, with enjoyable music, the hymns have subtitles for the audience at home to participate, some of which do because they are non-mobile making it hard for them to attend church. The programme has a very loyal audience, who may have a nostalgic appreciation of the programme. ...read more.

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They're usually presented from a studio, with a relaxed atmosphere and young presenters sat on a sofa drinking tea, on a contemporary set. The programmes content are different topics each week, like popular events. They're easier viewing, with interviews, phone-ins to involve the audience, mini-documentaries, discussions, readings of poetry, and poplar topics of interest on the programme. They are less selective about the content with a newer outlook on religion; both moral and social aspects of religion are discussed. Stronger religious people may find it too catholic. The variety of religious programmes across the four main television channels has broadened. Magazine programmes which are set out to attract a broader range of multicultural viewers, have a more relaxed approach; whereas a worship programmes purpose is to attract a certain type of audience, and keep to the traditional religious roots. It is evidential that each has a certain appeal that makes it unique from the other group, to attract a variety of audiences. ...read more.

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