WJL Media on UCB TV
WJL Media has been featured on the UKCMC show on UCB TV(SKY Channel 586)
UKCMC came about in September 2005, after Mark Pearce (Executive
Producer) had a God-given idea of having a televised UK Music Charts for
Christian Music. For many years he watched well known music programmes
on British TV such as Top Of the Pops and he observed how they helped to
promote and develop the careers of the featured musicians. However, as a
professional musician and also a practising Christian, he noticed that
there were no British Programmes, on terrestrial or digital TV, that
catered to young Christians who listen to Contemporary, i.e. Modern,
So, after praying and thinking about it, Mark decided to officially
set up UKCMC (UK Christian Music Charts) with an aim to broadcast the
first televised Christian Music Charts show in Britain, which would
feature modern music with a Christian message but it would cater to
people aged between 16-40 years of age and from any religious or
He shared his vision with his long-term business partner, Paul
Sheppard, who thought it was a great idea and told Mark he wanted to be a
part of this new brilliant venture. Now with Paul on board Mark decided
to go full steam ahead and set up a Production Team that would be
arranging and producing UKCMC. This final production team set up was
Mark (Executive Producer), Paul Sheppard (Executive Producer), Deborah
Pearce – Mark’s wife (Co-Producer) and Julie Porter (Co-Producer)
together this team were responsible for setting up and helping to
produce Britain’s first televised Christian Music Charts TV Programme!
In June 2006 the team were successful in its charitable status
application and UKCMC became a registered UK Charity.
UKCMC was a new venture for the whole team but even though they were
new to TV they knew it would work! So they came up with a plan for how
UKCMC should look – the first series would be made up of 14 episodes,
and each episode was to feature 4-5 bands, interviews, music videos and a
Top 10 Music Chart Countdown.
After many late nights of much planning, UKCMC set up a new team to
help turn Mark’s vision into a reality. As well as the Executive and
Co-Producers, this team consisted of: a brilliant TV Presenter (Dolly
Waddle), a camera and editing crew, a marketing company, and a make-up
artist. So with God’s help in November 2008 UKCMC broadcast its first
series on UCB TV. It featured over 25 brilliant Christian bands like
Witness (reggae), Yfriday (rock), Lou Fellingham (Pop), Siani (RnB) and
new bands like I.D (worship), Sammy G (grime) and The Gentlemen (rock).
Through negotiation the ‘icing on the cake’ came when Bournemouth
Christian Radio Station Hope FM agreed to give UKCMC the permission to
broadcast their Top 10 Music Charts from. The first series went really
well and UCB loved it so much they repeated the whole series again.
Mark’s vision of UKCMC had become a reality – these were really exciting
But UKCMC didn’t stop there! In April 2009, at the Nexus Trust
Christian Music School, UKCMC recorded its second series consisting of
13 weeks, which was subsequently broadcast in July 2009 on UCB TV. Again
it featured 25 of the best of Britain’s recognised and new Christian
Music Talents some of which include MOBO Nominees Ekklesia (RnB), MOBO
Award Winner Jahaziel (hip hop), acclaimed rockers Superhero and Rex
Allchurch Band, Blush UK (pop), IDMC (Gospel choir), new bands Sonday
Rose (pop), The Rumour (rock) and Clear Rose (Jazz). Plus in this second
series UKCMC premiered music videos from Top Urban Gospel Artists
Israel Houghton, Mary Mary and new pop princess Jordin Sparks. Further
to this they have broadcast the Top 10 Music Charts courtesy of Cross
Rhythms and on top of all of this they also had a new feature – namely a
Top 5 Book Charts supplied courtesy of Wesley Owen.
Mark’s initial plan for UKCMC was to create a platform for British
Christian Musicians to showcase their talent and share their faith
through music. However, since this time he and his production team are
now working to raise funds to build wells to provide clean water in
countries that do not have this privilege. All donations towards this
cause are most welcomed – check out the home page for details of how you
can get involved.
UKCMC’s future plans include recording and producing its third series
in 2010, which will be even bigger and better than its first two
So join the team on Facebook and Myspace to get regular updates - amazing things are happening!
For more information about UKCMC please visit www.ukcmc.com.