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Crossroads Mission media coverage

What follows is a summary of the Crossroads Mission media coverage secured across the mission event itself and before and after Crossroads as well. Although extensive the list is not exhaustive and more coverage can be found online.


BBC Radio Lancashire

BBC Radio Lancashire featured Crossroads Mission extensively before and during the event. Links to key programmes were available for four weeks on BBC iPlayer but are no longer available via that route. Selected highlights from all the shows will shortly be uploaded as mp3 files as a permanent record.

On the first day of Crossroads (September 8) our event led the morning news bulletins on Graham Liver's Breakfast Show; with four separate slots including a live interview with Bishop Julian and a live link to Leyland home hosting one of the visiting Bishops.

Later on the first day of Crossroads the Gary Hickson Afternoon Show featured an extensive interview with the Archbishop of York. You watch a video of the whole interview filmed at the same time as the interview was being recorded on our Diocesan YouTube channel here.

On the second day of Crossroads (September 9) the mid-morning show with Brett Davison and Nishma Hindocha came live from the Ewood Park Stadium where there was a worship celebration event for 4000+ schoolchildren. There were nine reports from that event, and other Crossroads reports as well, throughout the programme.

Joe Wilson Sunday morning faith programme 28/08/2016 

  • Two Crossroads pre-event pieces including interviews with Rev Lorelli Hilliard and Rev. Chris Krawiec 

Joe Wilson Sunday morning faith programme 04/09/2016 

  • Four Crossroads pre-event pieces including interviews with Father Roger Parker; Rev. Cindy Rigney; Father Lawrence Carson Featham; Rev. Tracey Charnock and churchwarden Lisa Monks about Crossroads events in their local areas. 

Joe Wilson Sunday morning faith programme 11/09/2016 (available  until October 9)

  • A packed edition with 10 separate Crossroads features over the three hours of the programme including interviews with the Archbishop of York; Bishop Philip North (live interview); Bishop Libby Lane and Bishop Tony Porter and many people from around the Diocese.

Premier Christian Radio

<!-    Pre-event story with link to full radio interview with Bishop Geoff Pearson:

       Post-event story about Crossroads and link to full radio report by reporter Ian Britton and links to full interviews with Bishop Julian Henderson; Rev. Lisa Senior, Colne Parish Church; Rev. Tracy Charnock, St Peter and Holy Trinity churches in Blackpool

(Note: All Premier Radio links above are permanent and shouldn’t be deleted.)


That’s Lancashire TV coverage of opening celebration

Lancashire regional newspapers – daily and weekly

The Crossroads Mission event featured in virtually every one of our region’s newspapers, from both a broader perspective in relation to the whole event and also focussed on local events in their own areas.

Some Crossroads coverage in local and regional newspapers was not always posted online. Reviewing the actual papers there were more than 40 separate articles of various sizes that appeared in local and regional newspapers in the week before Crossroads; during Crossroads and in the weeks after. 

Many more articles also appeared in newspapers promoting the event in the months before September 8-11.

The pre and post-Crossroads coverage included three full centre spread picture specials in the Lancashire Evening Post and Blackpool Gazette plus several more full page features in those papers and the Lancashire Telegraph.

What follows is a wide selection of the news coverage before, during and after the event that is available online:

Lancashire Evening Post 

This is Lancashire

Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen

Lancashire Telegraph

Lancashire Evening Post

Accrington Observer

Burnley Express

Burnley Express

Longridge and Ribble Valley News

Pendle Today

Garstang Courier

Blackpool Gazette

Lytham St Annes Express

Pendle Today

Fleetwood Gazette

Bolton News

Longridge News

Regional magazines

A two page preview featured in the September edition of Lancashire Life magazine.

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A post-event feature will appear in the November edition of this magazine.

Christian publications

Church Times (includes slideshow)

The Church of England Newspaper (page 2 of pdf)

The Church of England Newspaper (pages 1 and 4 of pdf)

Inspire Magazine

Inspire Magazine

Miscellaneous coverage

ITV News

Blackburn Rovers

Nottingham local news

International Prayer Connect

Premier News Site

Church of England websites

The national Church of England Daily News Digest on the main Church of England website, which is also distributed via email to people across the whole of the CofE every day, featured coverage of Crossroads five times during the period of the Mission:

September 7

September 8

September 9

September 13 (including Bishop Philip’s @OurCofE comms blog)

September 14

Blackburn Diocese website

Some stories from our own Diocesan website on Crossroads Mission:

Crossroads Mission: post event article

The Archbishop of York's website

The Archbishop of York’s website featured six stories about Crossroads before, during and after the mission.

The Lord Reigns echoes as Crossroads ends

Crossroads Mission gets underway in Lancashire

Young people and Crossroads Mission

Crossroads Mission: the Archbishop of York writes …

Gladiator Ace joins the Archbishop

Archbishop to visit Kirkham Prison during Crossroads Mission


Other northern Dioceses


Crossroads Mission was promoted by Dioceses sending Bishops to Lancashire. Here are some links to local Diocesan coverage elsewhere in the north of England:

Social media

Social media was used extensively to maximise engagement during Crossroads Mission on the Diocesan channels (Twitter: @cofelancs and @crossroads_info; YouTube; loads of pictures from the event on Flickrother coverage on Facebook) and many other local parish, school and personal accounts.

The opening Commissioning Service and the closing Celebration Event were both broadcast live via Facebook. If you weren’t able to make it to either event watch the recorded Commissioning Service by clicking here and the Celebration Event by clicking here.

If those links don’t work you should try this one which takes you to the Diocesan Facebook page where the Facebook Live recordings are available.

On Sunday morning the national CofE Twitter account @ChurchLive had been booked specifically to broadcast a church service live on Twitter and Periscope from the Diocese during the Mission. That service came from St Catherine’s Burnley. You can still watch a recording of it here.

With thousands of posts across multiple social media channels there was so much activity on social media it’s impossible to cover it all … but you CAN get a flavour of what happened online thanks to a social media ‘curation tool’ called ‘Storify’.

Storify enables a selection of the best content to be pulled together chronologically in one place …

  • Click here for the official Crossroads Mission Storify
  • Click here for a Storify about the events involving young people and children

During Crossroads Mission Bishop Philip moved from his usual Twitter account (@bpburnley) for the week to the national @OurCofE account. It was booked well in advance so he could tweet regularly from the Monday before Crossroads until the Monday after to the 9000+ followers of @OurCofE about Crossroads events.

  • Click here for a Storify about Bishop Philip’s week on @OurCofE

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