Why I said ‘No’ to the BBC

Last week I mentioned on Twitter that I had been approached by BBC Wales to ask whether or not I would be interested in taking part in a forthcoming documentary series. What it was going to entail was 12 months of filming, which would not have been daily, but would certainly have been frequent.

I was very honoured to be approached and the opportunity it presented to preach the gospel wasn’t lost on me, but after consulting my wife, my friends and above all God – in the end I felt I had to say no.


Simply this – by God’s grace my life revolves around people. I love spending time with my family, I love to share life with the people of my church and I’m blessed to have good friends who I like to hang out with a lot too! In other words, if this documentary was going to paint an accurate picture of my life it would have to involve significant footage with all those people. Frankly, I wasn’t willing to let them do that! My family means the world to me and my time with them is a sanctuary from the pressures of life and the cares of the world. Similarly, me and Michelle decided ages ago that we didn’t want the kids to be scrutinised by the media at such a young age. We want to stick with that decision. Furthermore, Hill City Church is far more than a project to be studied, it’s people who are incredibly precious to me and it’s my privilege and responsibility to care for them. Some have expressed in the past that they were uneasy about media attention. My job is to honour and serve them. Finally, not all my mates were comfortable with the idea and, as with all the others, they mean too much to me to inflict unwanted media attention upon them!

So 2012 will be free of camera crews and personal intrusion. Am I gutted? Not at all – relieved if anything!! My prayer is that God would do such an epic work across this land of Wales again that the BBC would have no option but to make multiple documentaries about it, but that the star of each one would not be an individual pastor or a local church, but Jesus Christ Himself!

Is that likely to ever happen?

I intend to spend the rest of my life loving, living, praying and serving like it is!!

8 thoughts on “Why I said ‘No’ to the BBC

  1. You made the right decision.

    As Mark says, a TV show could end up looking bad – or if not then inaccurate. It’s very difficult for a crew to do a story justice, even with good intentions. Also TV as a medium often thrives on sensationalism.

    Your blog is media coverage of a sort but you get to control it!

  2. Hi Dai, while i do understand your reasons, and very sound they are, i do not agree, you could have seen what would have been broadcast prior.A documentary would have shown people views on a true christian, and the ways they act, church issues ect. It may have influenced 1000s who don’t believe in God, who may never had a faith,..open their eyes,..John 7-16. Scientist use documentaries to explain our desires to make sence of it all, so why not use the same to tell the greatest love story ever told,..Jesus.

  3. Good decision. Everything you do has a context, and TV doesn’t ever show the context properly. You’d have to defend yourself and justify yourself to the cameras. Rather be bothered by what God thinks, not TV. Media attention is flattering but fleeting and of no lasting value. Enjoy seeing God being made famous in Wales, not you. That is of eternal value.

    If God has called you to be on TV, then do it with no hesitation. But it’s a tough calling, especially if he hasn’t really called you there. Instead, fight the battles God has called you to, with the people he’s called you to be with.

    Let Billy Graham be Billy Graham, John Stott be John Stott and Pam Rhodes be Pam Rhodes! Let Dai be Dai.

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