BBC under fire

Introduction: The Church of England's General Synod with consider calls for the BBC to explain its reduction in religious programming.

BBC under fire for decline in religious coverage

The Church of England’s General Synod will consider calls for the BBC to explain its reduction in religious programming and slimmed down coverage of Christian festivals. The motion also voices concern that Aaqil Mahmed, a Muslim and former Channel 4 religion commissioning editor, will be responsible for all the BBC’s religious output. The challenge coincides with fierce criticism of the corporation’s treatment of Christianity by former Radio 2 presenter Don Maclean. The former presenter of Good Morning Sunday claimed programming chiefs looked for a ‘negative angle at every opportunity’ when covering Christianity. He also said he had battled with radio controllers who argued his show should be a ‘multi-faith’ programme. Meanwhile, the BBC Trust announced this week it has asked the corporation to remove the most offensive language between 9pm and 10pm after a survey found viewers were offended by strong swearing and sexual content.

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Office posted the article on Friday, 26th June 2009 at 10:30pm


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