Church of England is 'living in the past', says BBC's head of religion

The BBC’s head of religion has accused the Church of England of "living in the past" and said that the corporation should not give Christianity preferential treatment.

Aaqil Ahmed, said: "I think all the faiths should be treated in the same way. I don’t believe in treating any faith differently."

He dismissed claims that the BBC was marginalising religion as overly simplistic and argued that Christianity, in particular, was already covered well on television.

While Mr Ahmed admitted that some mistakes had been made in the past, he said this year would see a change.

"In terms of Easter, it would be easy for me to start being critical of previous people, and I’m not going to do that. I’ll put my hand up and say the BBC wasn’t brilliant in the past, but all we can do is talk about this year going forward," he said.

Mr Ahmed – the first Muslim to hold his post – revealed that BBC One will air two explicitly Christian documentaries during Holy Week.

In one, Nicky Campbell, the Radio 5 Live presenter, will investigate whether Christians in Britain are being persecuted for their beliefs.

In the other, called The Day That Jesus Died, Archbishop Williams and Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, will explain why Muslims are wrong to see Christ’s crucifixion as a humiliation.

• Full story at the Daily Telegraph.