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

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Laura Craven 15th May 2004 Describe the variety of specifically religious programmes on the four main television channels. When television first started in the nineteen twenties there was quite a large influence of religion on the four main channels of television the overall amount of religious broadcasting has remained the same on ITV and BBC1 since 1998. The "God-slot" is a time in the week usually on a Sunday between six and seven o'clock during this time the four main channels would put a religiously themed programme on. ITV scrapped this idea in 1994 but BBC 1 still uses these ideas for programmes like "Songs Of Praise" and "Sunday Service" which they show at this time on a Sunday. ...read more.

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"The Heaven And Earth Show" features a phone-poll which has a different question every week to do with the show, the idea is people ring in and give there opinions on the matter at hand. Some interesting results came through, they found out that although attendance to church is dropping by 1 percent every year, Evangelical and Charismatic Christianity is increasing. Also they found out that Christianity still has the most adherents in the UK, followed by Muslims, Hindus and finally, Sikhs. The last type of programme is documentaries they tell you about what is going on in the world of religion. And they help you learn things about different religions. ...read more.

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the Central Religious Advisory Council were not happy about the target audience changing they wanted more religious programmes to be shown about all the different religions as it is a multi-faith society. The religious programmes on television nowadays are watched more by people over than teenagers. Although viewers aged sixteen to twenty-four and twenty-five to thirty-four watched the same number of religious programmes in February 1998 as they did ten years previously. The BBC was established when the majority of Britain was Christian. However, in modern times Britain is one of the most multi-cultural countries in Europe. As times have changed the BBC has had to keep up, and now many broadcasts shown are specific to many different religions or to a certain religion. ...read more.

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