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Ofcom publishes BBC operating licence
Last spring Ofcom became the independent, external regulator of the BBC and, so, published its proposals for how it would hold the BBC to account and invited public feedback regarding increased targets for, among other things, the amount of religious programming on TV.
In response, Ofcom found that "when asked about the importance of specialist or more niche genres with high societal value, current affairs (68%) and education (62%) are seen as the most important to society for the BBC to provide. Religious programming was seen as a less important genre (27% - though still valued by its viewers)". Women were more likely than average to say religious programming is important as were BAME viewers.
All of which is interesting and some of which might provoke a discussion on the role religious programming plays in promoting religious literacy across all programme genres and across the UK's different communities.
But for now, you can read a summary of Ofcom's findings and find out more about its first BBC operating licence on their website: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/research-and-data/tv-radio-and-on-demand/tv-research/bbc-distinctiveness-report