Transformations in British Religious Broadcasting
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The last three decades have undoubtedly seen the radical transformation of Christian broadcasting in Britain and in such a way that is seemingly to the detriment of the previously dominant national sphere of religious broadcasting, once the preserve of terrestrial channels. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and later the Independent Television (ITV) company – as its sole and heavily state-regulated competitor – are now challenged by an aggressive ‘religious’ market exemplified by specialized independent radio and satellite channels. In particular, the new medium of satellite Christian broadcasting, as with other themed programming,1 constitutes a part of major global industries in an ever-expanding international communication sphere, operating independent of established boundaries of national public terrains.2 At the same time, the competition between the older terrestrial channels in religious broadcasting with the new medium is further compounded by the former’s widening definitions of what constitutes religious broadcasting, given its departure from its essential ‘Christian’ roots. Paradoxically, widening choice has led to satellite broadcasts enjoying their own ‘Christian’ monopoly of sorts in the context of religious transmission.