BBC says it is ‘too Christian’ and vows to make more Muslim, Sikh and Hindu programmes

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Schedules could be changed to make room for live broadcasts from mosques, with extended coverage of the Eid celebrations, according to Muslim leaders.

The suggestions come after Aaqil Ahmed, BBC head of religion and ethics, said the broadcaster’s current output was “too Christian” in an internal review now being considered by director general Lord Hall.

Mr Ahmed has recommended upping the number of programmes for Muslim, Sikh and Hindu audiences to balance out the “disproportionate” Christian coverage.

In a statement, Mr Ahmed said: “Christianity remains the cornerstone of our output and there are more hours dedicated to it than there are to other faiths.

“Our output in this area is not static, though. It has evolved over the years and we regularly assess it.”

Televising Friday prayers from a mosque would be one way to better serve Muslim viewers, suggested Ibrahim Mogra from the Muslim Council of Britain, adding it should not come at the cost of Christian programmes.

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