PIO quits BBC show over ‘censorship’ row
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.
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