Select Committee on BBC Charter Review Written Evidence

Letter from Dr P R Morris

  I believe that all opinions should be taken into account, including those held by a substantial proportion of the public who do not profess to hold any religious faith. I would argue this on the grounds of equity, including the fact that everyone pays the broadcasting licence fee irrespective of religious belief and so should receive equal consideration.

Regretfully, I have formed the impression that the substantial body of opinion which does not subscribe to any religious belief has so far been disproportionally excluded from public broadcasting. For example, in being denied an occasional voice within important opinion-forming contributions such as Thought for the Day.

It is for these reasons that I request your Committee take my views into account when deciding upon future broadcasting policy.

7 October 2005

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