Over 100 complaints over BBC’s Muslim head of religious shows

The BBC has received 115 complaints over its appointment of the first Muslim to the role of head of religion and ethics. Channel 4 executive Aaqil Ahmed was confirmed in the post on Monday, becoming only the second non-Christian – after agnostic Alan Bookbinder in 2001 – in the BBC’s 87-year history to be appointed to the role. It is understood the “vast majority” of the complaints are about Ahmed not being a Christian.

Guardian, 16 May 2009