BBC’s head of religion Aaqil Ahmed wants more see more programming on Muslim and Islam

“Muslim viewers want more programmes… where they see themselves”

The head of religious programmes at the BBC has complained that a lack of diversity and religious literacy at the top of British public service television is letting down modern audiences.

Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, complained of a “lack of religious literacy” in modern society and said viewers from minority faiths complained that television often failed to understand their beliefs and reflect them in its output. “We have got to do better,” he said.

Mr Ahmed noted that census statistics showed that 2.7 million people in Britain and about one tenth of babies are born into the faith. “What [Muslim viewers] want is more programmes that explain what they believe in and more programmes where they see themselves,” he said.

Highlighting the lack of religious diversity at senior levels of the industry, he said: “I’m not the first person to commission religious programmes for the BBC or Channel 4 but I’m the first person to have done [programmes on] the Koran and the life of Muhammad”…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    When the suicide bombers start wearing wireless Go-Pro cameras, then I’m sure we will have plenty of “Islamic programming”.

    • Rosenmops

      Reality tv! Survivor Baghdad: Sunnis vs Shiites

  • Ron MacDonald

    All they need do is watch the News. They will find lots of stories on terrorism, wife/daughter honour killing, killing of followers of other religions, suicide bombings, execution of prisoners, raping of women by Islamic terrorists, beheadings and limb removals.

    • eMan14

      Maybe that’s the problem. They can’t see any of that because the media does not show the truth. Or anywhere near all of it.

      • Ron MacDonald

        You’re right they need satellite to get FOX or SUN News.

    • winniec

      Yes, Muslims make the news several times a day…by following the commands of Allah and his divine partner Mohammed.

    • Just a thought

      And the MSM isn’t even covering a tiny fraction of it. Lot of market share going untapped.

  • mobuyus

    Can’t they get by on beheading reruns.

    • Frau Katze

      They do get stale after a while.

  • Brett_McS

    I’ve got an idea for a heartwarming story about small town rednecks and their delightful and witty Muslim neighbors. What’s the English equivalent of ‘prairie’?

    • Rosenmops

      More Moors on the moor – it has got a ring to it!

      • Just a thought

        Sends chills down the spine of even Sherlock Holmes.
        “That evil hound was nothing compared to the likes of this, Watson”

        • Rosenmops


  • Norman_In_New_York

    The decline and fall of the British Empire continues apace. Where is Edward Gibbon when we need him?

  • Pete_Brewster

    I’m sure those Britons who still take their Christian faith seriously would be happy to have more programming where their faith was portrayed as something other than fairy stories for children or ignorant peasants. Not that Auntie will bother.

  • winniec

    Religious programming? How about explaining why the members of ONE RELIGIOUS GROUP, though only 3% of the population produce 10% of the babies, half of the prison population, and 30% of genetic defects as a result of their 70% cousin marriage rate? Oh, and the pedophile, grooming gangs phemenon, too.
    Any wild guess which religious group that is?

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    How about “I Dream Of Jeanie”? or “Johnny Quest”? (little Hadji). Personally, I’d love to see the muzzle’em version of “All in The Family”, starring Aachi Bunkha.

    • marty_p

      How about “I Dream of Jinn-y”

    • Rosenmops

      My Three Sons Wives.

  • Blacksmith

    If they were to shine a light on the real acts of their religion I would be all for it. People need to see what a hateful intolerant death cult it is. However I am sure that would not be part of the programing.

  • David

    They’ve got nothing on the cbc. Their newest creation with a huge advertising budget here in Vancouver is called shit creek.

    ps: shit in the ad is spelled schitt. real cute eh.

    • tom_billesley

      …and paddleless.

  • Achmed

    I was hoping they would put millions into my idea called Little Mosque in the House of Lords.

    In the next season it is to be renamed Mosque in the House of Lords, then Big Mosque in the House of Lords and then finally Allah’s House.

  • WalterBannon

    deport him, and all of his muslim viewers

    • Just a thought

      But is there a planet in the Galaxy that would take them? Why do you think aliens are avoiding Earth, after all? 🙂

      • Raymond Hietapakka