Friday, 15 May 2009

Muslim heads up BBC’s religious TV output

The BBC has attracted controversy by giving a Muslim the job of head of religious programming. It is the second time in the BBC’s history that a non-Christian has been appointed to the post, but Aaqil Ahmed will be the first Islamic believer to take up the role. The other previous non-Christian was an agnostic, and was also a recent appointment – Alan Bookbinder in 2001. The decision comes despite the Archbishop of Canterbury voicing his concerns about the sidelining of Christian programming to the BBC’s director general last month. Ahmed is a former Channel 4 executive. Meanwhile, the BBC has appointed a Methodist local preacher, Christine Morgan, as the new separate head of religion on radio.

Sources: The Guardian (11/5); Methodist Recorder (14/5); Daily Mail (13/5);


Granny Annie said...

It will be interesting to see how this goes. Perhaps it will be an advantage to Christian broadcasting in the event the director works harder to be fair and balanced. Currently the Christians are in the corner for not being Jewish, Muslin, Agnostic, Hindu, Buddist,.....well, you catch my drift.

Olive Morgan said...

Yes, I did wonder this myself, though I would much prefer to have a Christian in this post. We had a similar outcry when a non-Christian was appointed curator of Wesley's House in London, but she did well.