Ernie Rea is a celebrated British broadcaster who specialises in the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular National Radio Programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the Best Speech Programme on British Radio.
Ernie Rea worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles. From, 1989-2001 he was Head of Religion and Ethics for the BBC, responsible for all their radio and television programmes nationally and locally. During this time he spent much time in the United States brokering co-production television deals with leading American broadcasters. He was closely involved in a variety of key national events, including the Funeral Service for Diana, Princess of Wales. He is in heavy demand as a speaker at a wide variety of events, including international Inter-Faith Conferences, Literary Festivals and Academic Symposia.
In 1997 he was personally awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council for Christians and Jews for his contribution to inter-faith understanding. He has First Class degrees in Theology and in History and Politics, which helps fuel his passion for the study of world religions and the way that they impact on the ancient and modern worlds.