Religious Media Award for Magnusson

A senior radio producer at BBC Scotland and broadcaster on religious affairs has picked up a major religious affairs media award.

Anna Magusson has been named winner of the radio section of the Sandford St Martin Trust, which seeks to “promote excellence in relgious programmes” across TV and radio.

She won the award – along with producer, Mo McCullough – for a programme broadcast on Good Friday and Easter Sunday last year.

Resurrection Stories followed Magnusson's personal story of losing her brother when she was a teenager. Using this experience, she asked what Christian stories can teach about death and resurrection. Magnusson father was the late broadcaster, journalist and writer, Magnus Magnusson.

Reports the BBC's staff website, Ariel, she was presented with the award at Lambeth Palace, the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Says The Sandford St Martin Trust website: “Faced with questions raised by the description of Jesus' resurrection and centred on her reminisences of her brother Sigi who died when she was 13 years of age, Anna Magnusson talks movingly with Roman Catholic and Presbyterian representatives about the expectations of Christian beliefs in bodily resurrection. If this is the basis of faith, as argued by St Paul, how should contemporary Christians respond to the Gospel story?”

In a BBC statement, Jeff Zycinski, Head of BBC Radio Scotland, is quoted, as saying: “This is a great achievement for the station and of course for both Anna and Mo. The competition for this award is fierce with all radio stations competing from across the UK.”