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Chapter 8: The Mediation of Charismatic Televangelism1
The 1937 coronation ceremony of George VI at the Westminster Abbey in England, was broadcast on radio by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The coverage was done simply by a reporter who worked with his equipment behind the scenes in a tiny room ‘without intruding into the service’ (Hoover and Lundby, 1997: 302). Although television technology was available to telecast the coronation, no TV cameras were allowed for this sacred event.
In contrast to this, Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953 was, after ‘considerable discussion and restriction’ opened to television (Hoover and Lundby, 1997: 302). Thus within 16 years, former fears that television would desacralise such an event had given way to the belief that television would portray ...