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BBC says it is ‘too Christian’ and vows to make more Islamic programming to accommodate Muslims

THE BBC should give more airtime to religious programmes for faiths other than Christianity, a report by the corporation’s own ethics boss has concluded.

Schedules could be changed to make room for live broadcasts from mosques, with extended coverage of the Eid celebrations, according to Muslim leaders.

The suggestions come after Aaqil Ahmed, BBC head of religion and ethics, said the broadcaster’s current output was “too Christian” in an internal review now being considered by director general Lord Hall.

Mr Ahmed has recommended upping the number of programmes for Muslim, Sikh and Hindu audiences to balance out the “disproportionate” Christian coverage.

However, he later described Christianity as the “cornerstone” of the broadcaster’s output amid concerns popular long-running shows like Songs of Praise could be axed.

In a statement, Mr Ahmed said: “Christianity remains the cornerstone of our output and there are more hours dedicated to it than there are to other faiths.

“Our output in this area is not static, though. It has evolved over the years and we regularly assess it.”

A BBC spokesman said there was “absolutely no question of an ‘either or'” approach to religious programming.

Last week culture secretary John Whittingdale’s BBC white paper called for greater focus on under-served minority audiences, while



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