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Discounted passes are now available for Media Futures: The Church and Media Conference 2011. The conference will be held on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th June at The Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire. This year’s conference has a new format – shorter, cheaper, but just as relevant. And as ever we have an excellent line-up of contributors from the worlds of faith and media.

To book your pass at a reduced rate visit www.mediafutures.info now.

For instance, as the government relaxes media ownership rules and Rupert Murdoch bids to buy out Sky we’ll be asking “Who owns the media, and why does it matter?”? And there will be series of How and Why workshops in which industry experts share their skills in areas like podcasting, pitching and documentary-making.

More details will be available shortly. In the meantime, visit www.mediafutures.info to book your pass at a reduced rate now, and follow the conference plans as they unfold on Twitter via #cmn11

The Hayes Conference Centre
After 40 years this will be our last conference at The Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire. In 2012 the Church and Media Conference will move to a city centre venue. The Hayes itself is marking 100 years of conference provision this year. To mark this occasion, they are eager to hear from anyone who has been to The Hayes and come away with a special memory. If you have a story to tell about the part The Hayes has played in your life, please go to www.cct.org.uk/thinkingback and tell your story.

UPLOAD/Standing Together
theMediaNet will be hosting a day conference along with our friends at Christians in Journalism next Saturday 19th February. There will be loads of practical support and fellowship for all Christians who work in media. Speakers will include Bishop Pete Broadbent, who will reflect on why his comments about the Royal Wedding on facebook led to a such a public furore and Cole Moreton of The Independent on whether the British still do God.

UPLOAD is at All Souls Church, Langham Place from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 19th February. Tickets are just £12 (including lunch). More details from www.themedianet.org Follow#uploadST to find out more.

King James Bible anniversary on the BBC
The BBC has announced a series of programmes on television to mark the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible. Highlights include two major documentaries on BBC Two and BBC Four presented by Melvyn Bragg and author and presenter Adam Nicolson that look at the cultural impact that this translation of the Bible – the only authorised English translation – had on language, politics and Western democracy.

In The King James Bible: The Book that changed the World on BBC Two (due to transmit in March), Melvyn Bragg sets out to persuade us that the King James Version has driven the development of the English-speaking world over the last 400 years – often in most unanticipated ways. When God Spoke English: The making of The King James Bible (BBC Four Monday 21 February) tells the unexpected story of how the King James Bible came into being.

On BBC One, Songs Of Praise will feature readings from the King James Bible on Easter Day – Sunday 24 April 2011 and also on BBC One, in a The Big Questions special, the programme – presented by Nicky Campbell – will mark the anniversary by exploring what relevance the Bible has on society today. This special edition of The Big Questions will be transmitted in May 2011

Churches Together Connect
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland has launched its own social network called Churches Together Connect. It has news, resources and links a-plenty. Check it out at www.churchestogetherconnect.org

Jerusalem Productions
Has launched a mini-doc called Missing Moses. The story of the Exodus is re-told in 20 minutes by an eminent collection of rabbis and church leaders. You can find it at www.missingmoses.org

Best Wishes
Andrew Graystone
Director, Church and Media Network

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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