PIO quits BBC show over ‘cen­sor­ship’ row

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Noted in­ter-faith ac­tivist In­dar­jit Singh, a mem­ber of the UK’s House of Lords, has stepped down from BBC Ra­dio 4’s ‘Thought For The Day’ show af­ter 35 years, say­ing he had to take the de­ci­sion af­ter an “overzeal­ous BBC pro­ducer’s at­tempts to cen­sor a script re­fer­ring to Guru Tegh Ba­hadur’s mar­tyr­dom for fear of Is­lam­o­pho­bia” last Novem­ber and things were made dif­fi­cult for him.

“They tried to cen­sor my script on the mar­tyr­dom of Guru Teg Ba­hadur... but I did not let them and they grudg­ingly agreed. But things changed af­ter that,” he told TOI. Singh added, “The pro­ducer ar­bi­trar­ily and with­out con­sul­ta­tion, de­clared she would not al­low the script be broad­cast be­cause it might of­fend Mus­lims, even though it con­tained no crit­i­cism of Is­lam.”

Dailymail.co.uk quoted a BBC spokesper­son as say­ing, “Thought for the Day is a live, top­i­cal seg­ment and it is not un­usual for ed­i­to­rial changes to be made so that it re­flects the big­gest news sto­ries of the day. We dis­agree with Lord Singh and don’t recog­nise his char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion of Thought for the Day.” It also re­ported that af­ter leav­ing, Singh com­plained about his treat­ment but a re­view by BBC di­rec­tor of ra­dio James Pur­nell re­jected his com­plaint.

Full re­port on www.toi.in

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