BBC blasted for meagre religious content over Xmas
The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek, above, is having conniptions over the fact that religious programming across BBC during Christmas week, 2015, is less than half that broadcast last year: just four hours.
Treweek, who received a standing ovation when she became the first female bishop to become a member of the House of Lords in October, said she found the BBC’s scant religious television offering “offensive”.
In a snarky Christmas message, Treweek opined that a decision:
Was presumably taken in order to reduce the possibility of offending people with too much God stuff over the holiday.
After all, Christmas is a day for the family when we will all be wearing jolly Christmas sweaters, sat around large tables with overflowing plates of food, pulling crackers with smiles on our faces … We will all be laughing. Smiles are obligatory… Well, that’s the image portrayed by so much Christmas advertising and we don’t want all that upset by Jesus intruding on our lives.
A Mail on Sunday analysis of the past five years of Christmas TV schedules reveals that the broadcaster’s 2015 religious schedule will be its thinnest yet.
In 2014, during the same seven-day period to include Christmas Day and Boxing Day, just over nine hours of original religious programming was shown.
Five years ago the number was nine-and-a-half hours.
In her sarcastic swipe at those who want to celebrate Christmas without the “intrusion” of Jesus, Bishop Treweek writes in her festive message:
We want to escape from the turbulence and forget our fears. We want to be entertained with all that is ‘other’: the fun and fantasy of the pantomime or the sci-fi thrill of The Force Awakens.
We want to participate in the feel-good factor of being delivered from evil and seeing good triumph. And by the way, we certainly don’t want one minute of the Lord’s Prayer preceding all that. Please keep religion out of our Christmas. We don’t want to be offended.
A BBC spokesman said:
The BBC will offer audiences a wide mix of religious programming this Christmas including broadcasts for Midnight Mass and the Christmas Day service on BBC1 and Carols From King’s on BBC2.
Hat tip: Angela K