BBC to counter ‘Christian bias’; may broadcast Muslim call to prayer

BBC to counter ‘Christian bias’; may broadcast Muslim call to prayer
The UK 4th Infantry Brigade engages with Islam at radical mosque in Dewsbury. Not quite the same esprit de corps as the Black Rats who fought the Afrika Corps in '41-42, and drove the Germans back at El Alamein in Oct 1942. (Image: 4th Inf Bde, Facebook)

[Ed. – Strange how “countering” so-called “Christian bias” so often involves vaunting Islam over everything else.  You’d almost think there was a theme here.]

The BBC is determined to press ahead with plans to increase its coverage of more religions, and could even broadcast the Muslim call to Friday prayers, thanks to concerns from within the corporation that its religious broadcasting is too biased towards Christianity.

Lord Hall of Birkenhead, director-general of the corporation, will invite religious leaders to take part in discussions on increasing multi-faith coverage, following the publication of a BBC report which claimed that there was currently a disproportionate amount of Christian coverage, compared with other faiths. …

[But…]

A 2012 report by the New Culture Forum entitled ‘A Question of Attitude – the BBC and Bias Beyond News’ found that, while Christians were portrayed as laughable at best, violent extremists at worst by BBC programme-makers, the corporation went out of its way to paint Muslims, including Muslim extremists, in a moderate light.

In one example cited, a BBC drama depicted a peaceable Muslim being beheaded at the hands of Christian extremists.

The report noted: “It sometimes feels as if someone in the BBC has sent round a memo instructing programme makers to compensate for the negative publicity that inevitably attends the exposure of terrorist plots to murder large numbers of people by force-feeding the public whitewashed or positive images of Islam.

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