The BBC is “coming up short” in religious broadcasting, risking failing to take faith seriously in an era where it is essential the public understand it, a senior broadcaster has warned.
Roger Bolton, a producer and BBC Radio 4 presenter, said he has become “worried” about the output of the corporation and its “whole approach” to religion.
Arguing religion could no longer be seen as a declining influence in the world, he added it is essential for the BBC to promote knowledge and understanding of different faiths.
His words follow the announced departure of Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, who is leaving after 20 years at the corporation as departments are shifted.
But, Bolton has argued, assurances are not enough.
Writing in next edition of the Radio Times, Bolton, a member of the Sandford St Martin Trust which aims to promote religion in broadcasting, suggested the decision to put Songs of Praise out to tender has rung alarm bells.
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