BBC chief Mark Thompson has given a robust defence of the Corporation's engagement with religion. Those who say the BBC is anti-Christian, or alternatively that it is broadcasting religious propaganda, are wrong, he says.
Two Bishops yesterday suggested that without 'strong and vibrant public service content', broadcasting after the digital switchover could 'sow confusion and mistrust rather than aid public enlightenment and social cohesion'.
A Church of England and a Roman Catholic Bishop have called on the BBC to 'include religion' on Radio 1, saying that the current state of affairs is the 'most striking exclusion of religion from the BBC 's output'.
While the Catholic Cardinal and the Church of England, or at least its two archbishops, are perceived to be at war with the government over one set of public services, in relation to the equalities agenda, yesterday (25 January 2007) they set their face in favour of a public service ethos in relation to broadcasting.
In a move that will be welcomed by some Christians as well as humanists and secularists, the BBC's director general has said that Thought for the Day, one of the bastions of religious broadcasting, could be open to secular contributors in the future.
In a shot across the bows of those who feel that religion is being marginalized in broadcasting, most notably those who focus on 'entitlements' to religious slots, the BBC's director general has urged Christians to be more creative and 'subversive' in their broadcasting approaches.