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'Big stuff in a beautiful way with interesting people': The spiritual discourse in UK religious television

Noonan, Caitriona 2011. 'Big stuff in a beautiful way with interesting people': The spiritual discourse in UK religious television. European Journal of Cultural Studies 14 (6) , pp. 727-746. 10.1177/1367549411419975

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This article critically examines changes in the style and tone of religious broadcasting. Increasingly, a discourse of spirituality and faith is used by television producers to describe and discuss their output, as these are seen as less contentious and more audience-friendly ways of promoting faith-based programming. However, these themes continue to be framed within a recognizable set of religious traditions, mainly Christian. Combining interviews with producers and analysis of the BBC series Extreme Pilgrim (2008), this article examines the representation of spirituality as it is visualized and narrated. It analyses how this representation challenges traditional religious institutions, the new role it creates for broadcasters within lifestyle television, and discusses whether this subjective position can be conveyed authentically through the medium of television. The future of religious broadcasting rests on finding sustainable formats, yet these lifestyle formats offer distinct challenges in relation to their successful production and reproduction.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1367-5494
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:24

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