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Award win for Crossing Continents
Editor Maria Balinska (middle) collecting the award with Daniel Tetlow (right)
Editor Maria Balinska and Producer Daniel Tetlow collected the award

A BBC Radio 4 Crossing Continents, Crossing Europe programme has been named runner-up at the Sandford St Martin Trust Awards for Religious Broadcasting, held in London on Wednesday.

Singing From a New Hymn Sheet, broadcast in June 2005, was presented by Julian Pettifer and produced by Daniel Tetlow.

In the programme, Julian Pettifer was granted exclusive access to the secret ordination of a woman priest, an event which challenged the authority of Pope Benedict XVI just two months after his inauguration.

And he asked why a church such as the God Embassy in the Ukraine has been booming when more traditional churches are dwindling in number.

The Chairman of the Judges Baroness Neuberger described the programme as "extraordinary... It has a freshness, a lightness of touch, we found compelling.

"And all the judges agreed that Julian Pettifer's voice and approach were new and impressive as he took us to look at religious change taking place in Europe through two contrasting stories".

The Sandford St Martin Trust was established in 1978 with the aim of recognising and promoting excellence in religious broadcasting, and encouraging Christian involvement in television and radio.

The Premier Award itself went to Premier Christian Radio's The Rainbow Through the Rain.

Two programmes won Merit Awards: A Sign of the Times which was broadcast on BBC Radio Wales; and In Praise of God: The Hajj, broadcast on the BBC World Service.

The final programme in the current series of BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents will be broadcast on Thursday, 23 November, 2005 at 1102 GMT.



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