Saturday, 25 February 2017

Aaqil Ahmed's replacement is announced

Fatima Salaria will take over the responsibilities for religious programming on BBC TV previously carried out by Aaqil Ahmed.

Ms Salaria will be the second Muslim in a row to run BBC TV's religious output. 

Her appointment was overseen by James Purnell.

In response to criticism that a Christian wasn't appointed, a BBC spokesman says:
People should be judged by their ability to do the job, not their religious background. Fatima was appointed as she is an extremely talented commissioner. We’ve strengthened our focus on religion and ethics within television and have been clear that we plan to do even more to reflect the role of religion in modern Britain, with Christianity at the heart of our coverage.


  1. To be fair, if promoting from within, which is a BBC specialty to ensure the correct mindset is in place, the odds of finding anyone from another faith seem limited.

  2. They appointed a woman. Diversity target reached. Trebles all round. It takes a particular kind of mental and moral gymnastics to say that appointing a Muslim who views a jihadi as 'authentic Muslim' is the best person to decide what reflects modern Britian with Christianity at its heart.