Internal Report Claims BBC Programming is Too Christian

By Mark Judge | May 17, 2016 | 11:09am EDT
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Several British newspapers are reporting that an internal review prepared by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) claims that the BBC’s output is too Christian. 

As reported in The Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times, Aaqil Ahmed, who is head of the BBC's religion and ethics office, compiled the report following consultation with non-Christians who feel the BBC is disproportionate in its religious content.

According to the Times, the report says that the BBC should produce more content about the Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faiths for a better balance.

"Christianity remains the cornerstone of our output and there are more hours dedicated to it than there are to other faiths," Ahmed said in a statement that was reported by the Telegraph. "Our output in this area is not static, though. It has evolved over the years and we regularly assess it."

He added: "We do look at the number of hours we produce, and measure that against the religious makeup of society."

The number of Muslims in Britain has doubled over the past decade and recently topped 3 million.

The report is now being considered by Lord Hall, the director general of the BBC. Hall could make changes to make religious output less "disproportionate," according to the Sunday Times 

The Telegraph reports that Ibrahim Mogra, of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the BBC could televise Friday prayers from a mosque. But he added: "We would not wish Christians to have any less exposure."

The Daily Mail notes that currently, religious programming across the BBC covers a variety of religions and includes the likes of "Songs of Praise," "Sunday Morning Live" and "The Life of Muhammad."

When asked by the Telegraph whether more non-Christian output would negatively affect the airing of Christian shows, a BBC spokesperson said: "Christianity remains the cornerstone of our output and the BBC is committed to delivering a range of content that both reflects, celebrates and challenges religion and ethics across BBC TV, radio and online."

"We are intending to do more programming around Christianity and more on other faiths as well, so there is absolutely no question of an 'either or' on our output," the spokesperson added.

Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, criticized the report: "There is a real feeling by Christians of being let down by the Establishment," he said, according to the Daily Mail. "Christianity is fighting for its life in western countries."

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