Religion Media Centre Podcast: Episode 1

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Welcome to the first episode of the Religion Media Centre podcast, as presenter Hannah Scott-Joynt and her regular house guests discuss a range of topics including ethics in public life, the likely results of the 2021 census, the potential for pilgrimage post-pandemic, and the ongoing virus of antisemitism.

Intro | 00:00

Hannah welcomes her regular co-hosts to the podcast and asks them to introduce their upcoming features 

Hot Topic | 02:22

Hannah is joined by Chine McDonald, Director of Theos, and Prof Liz David-Barrett, Director of the Centre for the Study of Corruption at the University of Sussex, to discuss the importance of ethics in public life.

Leo’s Local | 08:27

Leo Devine joins Hannah to feature local religious stories that have made national headlines including: a local parish taking on the might of the CofE in a ‘David and Goliath battle’ to save its vicarage, and the new cricket-loving Bishop of Loughborough.

The Big Interview | 17:35

In the light of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent comments on the rise of anti-Semitism, veteran broadcaster Roger Bolton interviews Michael Wegier, Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Academic Eye | 25:34

With the results of the 2021 Census likely to show a sharp rise in people declaring themselves “nones”, Dr. Azim Ahmed, Deputy Director at the Centre for the Study of Islam, interviews leading expert, Professor Linda Woodhead, on the state of religion in the UK.

Journo’s Notebook | 31:09

Rosie Dawson hosts journalists Peter Stanford from the Telegraph and Kaya Burgess from The Times, as they flick through their notes on recent religious news stories.

Life Laundry | 41:47

Hannah welcomes comedian, Paul Kerensa, and writer and broadcaster, Remona Aly to wonder if travel will once again become a thing in 2022, especially in relation to pilgrimage.




Hannah Scott Joynt


Voice-over artist, award winning radio and TV presenter and BBC continuity announcer


Leo Devine

Leo's Local

Media and Training Consultant at Devine Media. Former BBC Journalist, Editor and Senior Leader


Roger Bolton


Journalist and broadcaster who currently presents the Feedback programme for Radio 4. He is a trustee of the Religion Media Centre.


Azim Ahmed

Azim's Academic

Deputy Director at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK


Rosie Dawson

Journo's Notebook

Freelance religion journalist, documentary maker and radio producer with 20+ years of experience in the BBC’s Religion and Ethics department


Paul Kerensa

Life Laundry

Comedy writer and stand-up comedian

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