The BBC announced today that CTVC has won the competitive tender to produce Songs of Praise, BBC One’s flagship religious programme.

The tender was launched in May 2022 and from a field of four shortlisted tenderers, CTVC’s bid scored highest against the published criteria – across editorial proposal and capability, value for money, how it delivers against the BBC’s strategic priorities, and risk.

The contract will be for two years, and covers 51 episodes per year. The programme will continue to be fronted by the show’s regular roster of presenters, representing Christian worship across the UK.

Daisy Scalchi, BBC Head of Religion & Ethics TV, says: “Songs of Praise is an essential part of our religion offer and I’m delighted that CTVC are bringing their passion, expertise and commitment to this much loved brand; I know it is in very safe hands and will continue to thrive in the years ahead. This was an extremely competitive bidding process and we would like to commend the shortlisted producers for the high quality and comprehensive bids they put forward. I’d also like to thank Afanti and Nine Lives for all they have done to ensure the ongoing success of the series over the last five years.”

Caroline Matthews, Chief Executive of CTVC said: “CTVC is incredibly proud to be inheriting this prestigious, much loved, BBC flagship religious series. Songs of Praise is a British Institution with a wide and loyal audience, and we are excited to be guiding it through its next evolution.”

Songs of Praise was previously co-produced by Afanti and Nine Lives and was put out to tender last May after the two companies agreed to bring their partnership to an end after five years.


Pippa Considine

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