Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
A high-profile Italian-born British-based TV broadcast journalist and two Italian sponsors played important roles at this year’s Sandford St Martin Awards at Lambeth Palace. The event celebrated excellence in religious, ethical and spiritual broadcasting and featured some of the most popular programmes in the UK today.
Al Jazeera English newsreader Barbara Serra, who was born in Milan, was the chair of this year’s TV judges at the special ceremony on June 8 th which was attended by many programme-makers and VIP guests (please see full list of winners below). “The judges had to choose from a very varied shortlist, which included documentaries, historical reconstructions and even a full feature film,” said Serra.
“Due to current international events it was perhaps no surprise that many entries focused on one religion in particular – Islam”.
During the Awards Ceremony, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gave the keynote address and called on the BBC to treat religion “with the same seriousness as other genres like sport, politics, economics or drama.” Two Italian sponsors donated some of the wine for the event.
Barbara Serra – TV Judges’Chair
Enzo Oliveri, chef and director of Fratelli La Bufala supported the prestigious event for a second year. Oliveri and the Archbishop of Canterbury took part in a special London-based event called “Friday Night Kitchen” last year where the significance of religion and food and wine was discussed.
“I am delighted to support the Sandford St Martin Awards. Religious broadcasting is important in the current climate because it helps us to understand global events better, and will hopefully lead to more peace in the world,” said Oliveri Zonin 1821 UK, a branch of Casa Vinicola Zonin, the largest private vine growing and winemaking company in Italy, also donated wine for the event. “We are proud to support the Sandford St Martin Trust Awards and its important initiatives that we believe build community spirit,” said Alessandro Marchesan, Zonin1821 Sales and Marketing Director.
Enzo Oliveri at Friday Night Kitchen with the Archbishop of Canterbury and his wife Caroline
All photo are take Caroline Field
(the only photo which Caroline Field didn’t take is the last one)
The Sandford St Martin Trust has been organising its annual awards for the best broadcast programmes about religion, ethics and spirituality since 1978. The awards are open to a wide range of genres – news, current affairs, factual, arts, music, drama and comedy as well as “traditional” religious broadcasting – and are open to programmes about any faith. Programmes were judged by panels of leading broadcasters, journalists and programme-makers including the writers Frank Cottrell Boyce, Mark Lawson, Al Jazeera news anchor Barbara Serra, the broadcaster Sue MacGregor and Gogglebox’s Rev Kate Bottley. A full list of the 2016 judging panels can be found here: http://sandfordawards.org.uk/the-awards/2016- awards/2016-sandford- st-martin- judges/