Channel 4 and the declining influence of organized religion on UK television. The case of Jesus: The Evidence

  title={Channel 4 and the declining influence of organized religion on UK television. The case of Jesus: The Evidence},
  author={Richard Wallis},
  journal={Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television},
  pages={668 - 688}
  • Richard Wallis
  • Published 27 January 2016
  • History
  • Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
During the early 1980s, there was a high level of expectation attached to the provision of a fourth television service in the UK. Channel 4 was set up to be a publisher–broadcaster, commercially self-funding, but with a public service remit to cater for minority groups. For the churches, the new channel initially looked as if it might provide fresh impetus for religious broadcasting, believed by many to be moribund. The paper examines the circumstances surrounding Jesus: The Evidence, a highly… 
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