Trinity Church welcomes BBC historian

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bbc-and-faith-web-portrait-1An Advent lecture will be presented at Trinity Church, Sutton by Professor Jean Seaton, official historian to the BBC and Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster, on Tuesday, 29 November, at 7.30pm.

Professor Seaton will illustrate her talk on how the BBC deals with issues of various faiths with extracts from radio and television programmes such as Simon Schama’s The History of the Jews, Good Friday on Radio 3, Thought for the Day and The Story of Islam.

The BBC was established by a remarkable son of the Manse, John Reith, with an idea of the role of the established Christian church as central to its work. Indeed, in a wider way the whole urgency, generosity, and vision of the whole BBC task – to inform, educate and entertain – was informed by a Christian sense of values.

But the BBC now represents and talks to a nation of many faiths – and none. How does it represent faiths to each other when faith is politicised? How should it deal with moral issues?

Trinity’s Oasis café will be open from 6pm selling light suppers (soup, baked potatoes, cake, tea and coffee) in the Terrace Room.

The BBC: Explainer of the Faith, or of the Faiths?, Trinity Church, Cheam Road, Sutton, Tuesday 29 November, 7.30-9pm. Tickets priced at £5, are available via the website:

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