Bishop Nick presents prestigious broadcasting awards

At Lambeth Palace on Wednesday, Bishop Nick presented the prestigious Sandford St Martin Awards for the year's best religious TV and radio programmes.

Among the winners were BBC2's animated testimony of child Holocaust survivors, RTE's One Million Dubliners and ITV's Grantchester, which won the Radio Times Readers' award.

The BBC’s Chief International Correspondent, Lyse Doucet, won the Sandford St Martin Trustees’ Award for raising the profile of religion in the media. BBC Director of News & Current Affairs, James Harding, said, “This award recognises the profound influence of religion on the world and Lyse has fearlessly brought us greater understanding of religion from some of the most perilous places on the planet.”

Bishop Nick, who is Chair of the Sandford St Martin Trust, said, “In the fast-moving and pressurised world of news she has given clarity to situations of great complexity and conflict.”

BBC’s Religious Correspondent, Caroline Wyatt, said: “I think that Lyse deserves the award more than anyone I can think of. She is a colleague with immense generosity of soul and spirit, and an inspiration to us all.”

Speaking about the Sandford St Martin Awards, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said, "They celebrate broadcasting that goes to the heart of what it means to be human."

The judges included BBC presenter Sian Williams, broadcaster Vicky Beeching and Head of ITV News Mark Browning.

Previous winners have included Simon Schama, Melvyn Bragg, Ian Hislop, Olivia Colman and John Tavener.

More info at www.sandfordawards.org.uk

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