The MediaNet is a network that supports, encourages and inspires Christians who work in, and with, the UK media.

Through local get togethers and a flourishing online network, we’re seeking to help Christians better understand how their faith and work interact, and to encourage and inspire each other to be disciples whilst meeting the demands of our industry.
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The Vision

To see Christians working in, and with, the media flourish and become key influencers

To see churches engaging positively with the media

To see the life-affirming Gospel message of faith, hope and love increasingly reflected in the UK media

We support the highest standards in the media.

We want to give our backing to the vast majority of people working in the media
as they strive for integrity and truth.

We believe that working in the media is an honourable profession.

We want to encourage Christians and other people of faith and goodwill to consider it as a calling. We want to support all those working in and with the media in our churches, including; church leaders and communications officers who help to portray and interpret the Church’s role in our society.

We want to see a thriving media

From national newspapers to community radio, from websites to specialist publications, from TV networks to blogs, all have a valuable role to play. Churches are parts of international and national networks – so a thriving global and national media matters to us. We want to know about our world, its celebrations, its problems and its joys, and we need a thriving media to help us engage with it.

We want to engage positively with the media

Churches are communities of believers rooted in local areas. So the local and regional media matter to us – they are vital parts of our communities, and help to hold those communities together.

In difficult economic and social times, we need a strong and courageous international, national and local media, working to the highest ethical standards.

We want to play our part in ensuring that we have a thriving media, committed to truth, and in affirming – and challenging – those who work within it.

Meet the team

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Steve Cox

Chair of the Church and Media Network

Steve is an experienced strategic marketer and corporate communications specialist. A former Director of Communications at the Council for World Mission (CWM), Steve played a key role in managing a full-scale, strategic review of its life, work and mission. Earlier, as CEO, Steve headed up a children''s cancer charity, developing long-term strategies to propvide respite holidays for children and parents. He also spearheaded a successful PR/lobbying campaign to change the UK Broadacsting Act on behalf of United Christian Broadcasters. This recent experience is built upon a successful background in marketing management and consultancy. Today, Steve spends his time writing, speaking and mentoring

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Tim Levell

Editor, BBC Radio 5 Live

Tim Levell is the editor of 5 live Daily on BBC Radio 5 live, the daily morning current affairs programme presented by Adrian Chiles and Emma Barnett. He's been at 5 live since 2013. He began his career as a journalist 20 years previously at BBC Radio Sheffield, and has worked in various roles at Sky News, BBC Breakfast and the BBC News website. He's the only person to have been the editor of both Blue Peter (from 2007-2012) and Newsround - where he was also a reporter, producer, studio director, and where he launched the Newsround website. Tim is also chair of Light, a charity which uses music to reach young people with the Christian message.

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Lynda Davies

Senior Digital Producer - BBC Radio

Lynda started in Children's TV 10 years ago working on flagship shows such as Blue Peter and Tree Fu Tom, and since then has worked for the Natural History Unit in Bristol, on Radio 4's Reith Lectures and 'shiny floor shows' such as Strictly Come Dancing. She enjoys cooking, listening to Radiohead and travelling, especially after having spent time teaching English in India and South Africa.

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Chine McDonald

Head of Christian Influence - World Vision

As well as being the Head of Christian Influence for World Vision, Chine has written for several regional and national newspapers and magazines and is the author of ‘Am I Beautiful?’ – a book exploring body image among Christian women. She writes and speaks on issues including gender, race, body image and millennial Christianity. She is also a former trustee of the Bible Society and currently sits on the boards of the Christian Enquiry Agency and the Sophia Network, which equips women in leadership across the Church.

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Tim Plyming

Executive Producer - TV, Radio, Online, Live Event and Cinema.

Previous roles include Director of Digital Arts and Media at Nesta; editorial lead for all History and Science content online at the BBC, and project leadership of the BBC’s award winning Digital Olympics programme. Tim was also responsible for launching the first web sites for key broadcast brands including BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6Music and newspapers including The Times, Sun and Sunday Times.

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Justin Walford

Editorial Legal Counsel - News UK

Justin's role at News UK involves advising The Sun and Sun on Sunday and associated website. He has been at News UK for over 10 years. For 20 years previously he worked as an in house lawyer at Express Newspapers, covering the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday. Justin was called to the Bar in 1981 and practised in defamation chambers for 3 years. He was one of the co-founders of a Christian Fellowship at News UK.

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Charmaine Noble-Mclean

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Holly Poulter

MediaNet Producer
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James Poulter

Producer, Signal Podcast

The MediaNet Annual Report 2014/15

The MediaNet Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2014/15 are available to download here. If you have any questions, please email admin@themedianet.org.