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Piety and professionalism: The BBC's changing religious mission (1960–1979)

Noonan, Caitriona ORCID: 2013. Piety and professionalism: The BBC's changing religious mission (1960–1979). Media History 19 (2) , pp. 196-212. 10.1080/13688804.2013.791425

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This research focuses on two decades in the BBC's relationship with religion as an area of programming. The 1960s and 1970s marked a period of massive social change in Britain in which traditional religious institutions were challenged relentlessly and a more religiously diverse society emerged. This makes it a significant time to examine the BBC's response and the impact these changes had on the culture of production within the Corporation. This research asks how did the BBC frame the making of religious programmes within the changing socio-political context and how did their changing religious mission sit within the Corporation's wider strategic aims? Religious broadcasting also offers a unique microcosm within which to view the changing professional culture of the BBC itself. To address these interests this research uses documents from the BBC's written archive and accounts from staff involved with the genre at the time.

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
Uncontrolled Keywords: BBC, religious broadcasting, professionalism, programme aims
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1368-8804
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 10:32

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