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CHANNEL 4 CHIEF HELPS FAITH GROUPS TO FACE THE FUTURE

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Channel 4 Chief Executive Andy Duncan will give a keynote address to this year’s Churches’ Media Conference.  Duncan, who is a practising Christian, will speak about the future shape of the media, and how faith communities need to adapt in order to relate to it.  He will be joined by Mark Browning, the Programme Director who has taken Heart to the top slot in London’s crowded commercial radio market, and by futurologist Patrick Dixon, who advises clients from Microsoft to BT.

The Churches’ Media Conference is an annual gathering of leaders from the media and from faith communities.  This year’s conference – entitled A Future and a Hope – will explore how the digital revolution will impact the Christian church, and what room will be left for faith in the new media landscape.  There will be keynote sessions on society, technology, and the future shape of belief in the UK. 

Director of the Churches’ Media Council Andrew Graystone (a former BBC producer) said “In the past the relationship between church and media has often been an uneasy one.  But the presence of industry leaders at this conference is evidence of a real openness on both sides to create a more mature relationship.  The Churches’ Media Conference 2007 is a unique opportunity for media professionals and faith leaders to engage in lively debate about the challenge of the digital future.”

Other speakers at the conference include Dr Mohammed Abdul Bari, chair of the Muslim Council of Britain, and comedy guru Armando Iannucci.

The conference will take place from Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th June 2007 at the Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire.

All the details, including the booking form, can be found at www.churchesmediacouncil.org.uk/conference.

Or you can call the Churches Media Council on 0845 6520027.

The Churches’ Media Council is made up of representatives of 20 denominations in Britain and Ireland.  It seeks to be a bridge between the Christian community and the media.  For more information call 07772 710090 or visit http://www.churchesmediacouncil.org.uk/.

Tony is a Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45am and 9.20am). Tony is married with two children.

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