Select Committee on BBC Charter Review Written Evidence

Memorandum by W Guest

  As an atheist, I believe that the BBC should not broadcast religious programmes at all.

  Religion is an increasingly dividing force divisive force in the country. The BBC should have no part in propagating it, however innocently. The corporation has in any case has a pretty uneven record in the kind of programming it provides—mostly bland middle-of-the-road Anglicanism with a nod to a few others now and again, particularly in the tediously moralising (and inappropriate in a news programme) Thought For the Day on the Today programme on Radio 4—upon which incidentally secularism is never given a look-in.

  In these days of digital broadcasting I would of course have no objection to churches funding their own radio and television channels. But it cannot be legitimate for licence-payers—of all religious persuasions and none—to fund religious broadcasting on the state broadcaster.

9 October 2005

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