Posted: Thu, 12 Dec 2019
The National Secular Society has said the BBC "allowed itself to be used" to promote "propaganda for fundamentalist Christianity" in producing a video on the Operation Christmas Child shoebox scheme.
The NSS has written to the corporation's complaints department... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 02 Oct 2019
The National Secular Society has urged the BBC to reform its Thought for the Day slot on Radio 4 after the former presenter John Humphrys described it as "discriminatory".
Appearing on ITV's Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, Humphrys called Thought for the... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 08 Jul 2019
Posted: Tue, 13 Nov 2018
Posted: Tue, 31 Jul 2018
Fewer than one in five British people think BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day should always feature religious content, a new poll has found.
A survey undertaken by Censuswide, commissioned by the National Secular Society, suggests the British public backs reforming... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Posted: Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The National Secular Society has said the BBC should portray religion in "a fair and critically-informed manner" after the Corporation pledged to increase the religious content in its programming.
On Wednesday the BBC published its Religion and Ethics Review... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 01 Jun 2017
The National Secular Society has criticised the BBC for allowing the first Thought for the Day slot of June to be used by the Church of England as a platform to promote its latest evangelism initiative.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby spoke on Radio... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 14 Nov 2016
After criticising itself for devoting too much of its religious broadcasting to Christianity, the BBC is to consider increasing its religious broadcasting to allow more time for minority faiths.
Religious leaders have been invited by BBC director-general Lord... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016
An internal review has found the BBC's religious output is "too Christian" and recommended an increase in its Muslim, Hindu and Sikh programming.
Aaqil Ahmed, the broadcaster's head of religion and ethics, compiled the report following consultation with non-Christians... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 01 Apr 2016
The National Secular Society will today launch a new app that will allow Radio 4 listeners to avoid Thought for the Day when listening to the BBC's Today programme.
The application will enable listeners to pre-select alternative content during the religious... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 10 Mar 2016
Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015
The BBC's latest annual report indicates a general reduction in the hours the Corporation devotes to religious broadcasting. The only increase was on BBC1 which devoted 86 hours to religious programmes in the 2014/15 period while in the previous year it was... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 24 Sep 2015
The National Secular Society has backed calls for BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day slot to be converted into a "philosophy slot", open to non-believers and believers alike.
The proposal has been put forward on Open Democracy's Our Beeb website – an online... Read More »
BBC Trust: Religious radio programmes are “least popular” and “least well received” – but we won’t change them
Posted: Thu, 20 Aug 2015
A consultation on speech radio by the BBC Trust has found that religious programmes are the least liked and least well received radio shows, but stated that the BBC has no plans to change them.
The BBC Trust, the governing body of the BBC, has a "responsibility... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 09 Feb 2015
The latest BBC Annual Report indicates that although religious broadcasting on radio has declined by 37% over a year, the amount of religion on TV has increased.
The 2013-14 report shows that there were 611 hours of religious programming on radio compared to... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 20 Jan 2015
The National Secular Society has welcomed a ruling from the BBC Trust upholding its complaint over the way in which the BBC framed a story concerning the allocation of places at a Sikh faith school as a 'race issue', rather than as an issue of religious freedom.... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 05 Dec 2014
The BBC has launched a new consultation asking listeners what they like and dislike about its speech radio output. The NSS is calling on its supporters to use the opportunity to again raise the contentious issue of Thought For The Day. The consultation can... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 15 May 2014
The BBC has announced that it is replacing its present religious affairs correspondent, Robert Pigott, with Caroline Wyatt who is currently its defence correspondent.
Pigott has been covering the BBC's religion mandate for ten years and from July joins the... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 02 Oct 2013
The BBC Trust has rejected a complaint of bias from the National Secular Society concerning a Thought for the Day slot broadcast immediately after its successful High Court challenge to prayers during council meetings.
The slot, broadcast on 14 February 2012... Read More »