Journalism is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, says the BBC, when asked to explain why secularist thinkers, atheists and pagans are excluded from its religious broadcasting
THE UK is becoming increasingly secular and culturally diverse, but the BBC continues to pursue a mostly Christian agendum. Every morning, BBC Radio 4 starts with a prayer for the day, and during the Today programme, there’s a religious slot at about 12 minutes to eight called Thought for the Day. The speakers are usually Christian clergy, although every so often, a Sikh, a Muslim or a Hindu or a Jew gets the slot. There’s never an atheist, an agnostic and we haven’t heard a pagan yet.
Sundays are particularly tedious with a programme on religion between 7:10AM and a religious service kicking in on Radio 4 at 8:10 AM, forcing me to switch to the BBC World Service.
I decided to make use of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) to see if BBC management could shed any light on the matter. My request was declined because the BBC…
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