Religious programming at the BBC is in decline, with minority faiths being given ‘preferential treatment’ over Christianity, it was claimed this week. Fears were voiced by members of the Church of England’s Archbishop’s Council after the recent appointment of a Sikh to produce Songs of Praise, and amid speculation that a Muslim may take over as head of religious programmes from Methodist preacher Michael Wakelin, who lost his job in a BBC re-shuffle. Four out of seven executives in the BBC religion department have been made redundant in the past year and the Churches’ Media Council says that Christians are now significantly under-represented at the Corporation. The BBC has said that the changes are intended to strengthen its religious offering. ‘We very much hope this is the case, and will be monitoring the situation closely,’ said Bishop of Manchester the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch.
Sources: Daily Telegraph (29/3), Church of England Newspaper (3/4)