Broader broadcasting on religion and belief

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Commenting on the debate over a Church of England General Synod motion criticizing the BBC's religion coverage, Simon Barrow of the religion and society thinktank Ekklesia, said:

"If this motion had been passed unamended the church would have been marginalising itself. Coverage of religious and non-religious belief issues is now going mainstream rather than being restricted to ghettos, and that is a positive thing.

"Rather than moaning about the broadcasting companies' agendas and trying to resuscitate the defunct 'god of the slots', churches need to spend more time working out how to communicate within the wider culture - and in a multi-platform media environment.

"Ekklesia also recommends an end to the religious restrictions on BBC Radio 4's 'Thought for the Day' slot. This would benefit from being opened to all, including the non-religious, who wish to explore aspects of society from values-led, spiritual and ethical perspectives."