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article imageSurvey: BBC employs more atheists and agnostics than Christians

By JohnThomas Didymus     Dec 4, 2011 in World
London - A recent internal audit survey carried out in compliance with the 2010 Equality Act has shown that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) employs more atheists and agnostics ("non-believers") than Christians.
According to the survey, while 22.5 percent of BBC employees are Christians, 23.5 are atheists and people without faith, and the rest of the workforce are people with other religions such as Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. Daily Mail reports, however, that about 40 percent of the staff did not respond to the questionnaire.
BBC has said that in spite of the fact that 40 percent failed to respond to the questionnaire, the figures provide a good indication of its employees' comparative religious identity profile.
Daily News and Analysis reports that a BBC spokesman, said:
"Nearly 60 per cent of BBC staff have been asked about their religion or belief and, of those, Christianity was by far the largest faith. That said, when it comes to recruitment the BBC hires staff based on skills and experience alone. As the majority faith of the UK, Christian programming is the cornerstone of our religious output."
Roger Bolton, a former BBC Radio 4 religious current affairs anchorman, said, "There is an inbuilt but unconscious bias against religion, fueled by the fact that staff are not representative of the public. It is not a conspiracy but it needs a correction."
Critics of the BBC have said that the figures confirm accusations of bias against Christianity and Christians in the organization. The Christian Broadcasting Council had said, in a report released earlier in the month, that Christians are not fairly represented in the media organization. A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, Peter Kearney, said the figures confirm the widespread belief that the BBC is "institutionally incapable of reflecting the society it serves since BBC staff are not representative of the audience they broadcast to."
According to Daily Mail ,Christians have often complained that many BBC soap operas and dramas portray Christians as "weak" or "bigoted."
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