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David Taviner appointed Series Editor of Songs Of Praise

David Taviner

David Taviner has today been appointed as Series Editor of Songs Of Praise.

David is currently a Producer and Director in the BBC's Religion and Ethics department where he has been working since 1996 on a wide variety of programming including many editions of Songs Of Praise from both around the UK and abroad.

Aaqil Ahmed, Head of Religion and Ethics and Commissioning Editor for TV, says: "I am delighted David will be joining the Songs Of Praise team in the newly-created post of Series Editor.

"He brings with him a vast array of experience and knowledge of religious broadcasting, and will be a great addition to both the programme and the team.

"I wish him every success in his new role."

David will report to Tommy Nagra, Executive Producer, BBC Religion and Ethics Department.

Tommy Nagra says: "David is a seasoned and well-respected programme-maker who lives and breathes Songs Of Praise.

"He has some great ideas on developing the programme brand further and I very much look forward to working with him."

David Taviner adds: "I am delighted to be appointed Series Editor for Songs Of Praise.

"For almost 50 years the series has inspired and entertained millions of people so it will be an enormous privilege to work together with the fantastic team who make the programmes that matter so much to so many people."

David Taviner has worked for the BBC in TV and radio production for 25 years, with 13 years' experience in religious broadcasting.

David began his career at BBC Radio Humberside where he went on to both produce and present many of the station's programmes, including the Breakfast Show.

He also launched Radio Humberside's live Sunday morning religious magazine programme, It's Sunday.

David has also worked for network radio, producing Morning Worship for BBC Radio 4 and Good Morning Sunday for BBC Radio 2.

In addition to his work as Producer and Director on Songs Of Praise, other career highlights whilst working within the BBC's Religion and Ethics department include: live worship services for Christmas, Easter and Pentecost; the Chief Rabbi's New Year message; and a special programme with Sir Cliff Richard to mark his 50th year in showbusiness.

Songs Of Praise (BBC One, Sunday evenings) began in 1961 and in 2011 it will celebrate its 50th year.

It is now the only religious programme scheduled for peak-time viewing on a free-to-air channel in Europe and possibly in the world.

Over the years many well-respected celebrities and broadcasters have presented the programme including Cliff Richard, Harry Secombe and Thora Hird.

Today the regular team is Aled Jones, Pam Rhodes, Diane Louise Jordan and Sally Magnusson.

Songs Of Praise also often features guest presenters such as Eamonn Holmes, Huw Edwards and Mica Paris.

Songs Of Praise spin-offs include The Big Sing at the Royal Albert Hall (BBC One) and The School Choir Of The Year Competition (BBC One).

Based in Manchester, the BBC's Religion and Ethics department delivers a diverse range of religion and ethics TV, radio and online content.

The department is the leading provider of religious and ethical broadcasting in the UK.

Recent TV output includes: Around The World In 80 Faiths (BBC Two); Did Darwin Kill God? (BBC Two); The Narnia Code (BBC One); and The Passion (BBC One).

David will begin his new role on 1 September 2009.


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