Letter from Gerald Howarth MP, Shadow
I understand that your Committee is intending
to conduct a short inquiry into specific areas of the BBC including
I should like to place on record my own view
that it is extremely important for the BBC to continue to give
the bulk of its coverage to the Christian faith, given that Britain
remains overwhelmingly a Christian country and the Sovereign Supreme
Governor of the Church of England. Furthermore, I hope that the
Committee will consider whether in the light of the Jerry SpringerThe
Opera episode, the BBC is meeting its obligation not to offend
against good taste.
Your Committee might like to consider the inscription
in the entrance hall of the BBC's Headquarters at Broadcasting
House. It is as follows:
"Almighty God, This shrine of the Arts,
Music and Literature is dedicated by the first Governors in the
year of Our Lord 1931, John Reith being the Director General.
It is their prayer that good seed sown will produce a good harvest,
"that everything offensive to decency and hostile to peace
will be expelled and that the nation will incline its ear to those
things which are lovely, pure and of good report and thus pursue
the path of wisdom and virtue".
11 August 2005