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Covid-19 testimonies, new contents for kids, social media efforts to achieve younger individuals. These are a few of the newest modifications skilled by two seasoned tv programmes aired on Southern European public broadcasting techniques and produced by evangelical Christians.

As all different initiatives within the multimedia business, Buenas Noticias TV (in English, Good Information TV) in Spain, and Luz das Nações and Caminhos (Gentle to the Nations and Methods) in Portugal, needed to rethink their manufacturing processes in 2020 because the pandemic hit their international locations.

 

“Through the heavy house confinement of the start of the pandemic, we realised that we needed to attain the profound wants of the individuals in such robust instances”, says Esteban Lozano Cillero, the scriptwriter of Buenas Noticias TV, a 15-minute lengthy programme broadcasted each Sunday morning on La2, the second channel of the Spanish nationwide Tv (RTVE).

Evangelical TV programmes in Spain and Portugal turn Covid-19 restrictions into chance to reach new audiences

Esteban Lozano, scriptwriter of Buenas Noticias TV. / BN TV

 

“All through the crudest months of the pandemic, we did Zoom interviews with individuals who had recovered from the virus, with care houses, with medical docs, NGOS, law enforcement officials, pastors, and many others… All of them shared with us their experiences about how the Lord helped them in such tough conditions”, Lozano explains.

He and others within the crew have been “stunned” as a result of “our tv viewers grew within the months of the pandemic, though the standard of the Zoom recording was a lot decrease than programmes we have been doing earlier than. I consider the Lord led us to handle points that society wanted in that particular second”.

Because the restrictions eased later in 2020, and it was doable to return to outdoors recordings, the programme noticed new alternatives to adapt to actuality. Many Christian conferences and occasions had been cancelled, however the “rhythm of manufacturing could possibly be maintained”, Lozano says, with “interviews on Bible passages, and reviews on subjects comparable to local weather change, refugees, cinema and religion, the euthanasia legislation, abortion, Christian literature, youngsters, abuse of ladies, and the psychological sequelae of the coronavirus”.

Buenas Noticias TV additionally continues to focus on the testimony of Christian households throughout Spain. Within the final years, dozens of them have shared on television present about how the Christian religion makes a distinction of their every day lives.

 

Buenas Noticias TV has recently been opening new strains of communication. “We are actually in a technique of renewal. We proceed to convey the message of the gospel to our standard viewers by the tv, however we’re centered on connecting extra with the younger generations by digital platforms, getting ready unique contents for them”.

Evangelical TV programmes in Spain and Portugal turn Covid-19 restrictions into chance to reach new audiences

The evangelical programmes can be found on the net media participant of the Spanish public broadcaster RTVE. / RTVE

 

There’s a challenge to achieve the Spanish Technology Z (these born after 1997), which has engaged pastors and youth leaders.

“Our hope”, concludes Lozano, “is that the Lord makes use of these efforts for His glory and that many extra individuals, of all ages, get the possibility to know Jesus personally”.

 

Additionally in Portugal the pandemic led to heavy restrictions. “Most of our interviews are actually recorded through Skype, with solely the presenter within the studio, however this allowed us to interview individuals from additional away”, says Sara Narciso, the coordinator and host of the 2 evangelical programmes on RTP 2, the second channel of the nationwide Portuguese broadcasting system. Luz das Nações is aired each week, Caminhos as soon as a month.

Evangelical TV programmes in Spain and Portugal turn Covid-19 restrictions into chance to reach new audiences

Sara Narciso, throughout an interview at one of many Portuguese evangelical programmes on RTP2. / RTP

 

The lockdown ment “fewer face-to-face occasions”, so additionally they “needed to rethink the themes we addressed”, says Narciso. “We needed to fulfill individuals’s issues and non secular wants in instances of disaster. We invested in testimonies and phrases of hope for the current time”, she explains, and this included “recorded testimonies of Christian households and pastors”.

 

An space that has been strengthened is the “new sequence of kids’s episodes known as ‘Tremendous Bible Tales’, reaching out to youngsters who in lots of instances have additionally been confined at house”.

Evangelical TV programmes in Spain and Portugal turn Covid-19 restrictions into chance to reach new audiences

The deal with youngsters contents is among the new strains of the Portufguese evangelical television programmes. / AEP

 

Narciso says they’re excited as a result of “this program for kids has been successful, because it includes a number of participations of our kids, church buildings, and even on-line content material that the church buildings created for his or her dominical faculties”. They’ve additionally premiered some episodes of the worldwide SuperBook serie on the general public tv in Portugal.

 

The interplay with viewers comes by the social media, says the Portuguese communicator: “We do follow-up with our viewers by sending out evangelistic literature to anybody who requests it, and placing them in contact with native church buildings throughout Portugal”.

She is optimistic concerning the years to come back. “We realise that on-line is right here to remain, and it’ll complement different technique of communication that exist already. Tv, radio and social media are the means par excellence to share the gospel and produce hope in tough instances like these. These are alternatives!”

Revealed in: Evangelical Focus – europe
– Evangelical TV programmes in Spain and Portugal flip Covid-19 restrictions into probability to achieve new audiences

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