Today programme host: ‘Thought for the Day’ should have secular voices

Prominent BBC journalist and host of the Today programme Evan Davis has questioned the continuing absence of non-religious voices on the BBC’s preeminent slot considering moral issues.

Speaking to the Independent, Mr Davis said of the Thought for the Day slot: "I think there's a very serious debate about whether the spot – which I would keep – might give space to what one might call 'serious and spiritually minded secularists'. I don't think "Thought for the Day" has to only be people of the cloth." Mr Davis has previously described the bias in favour of religious contributors as "discriminating against the non-religious".

Fellow Today presenter John Humphrys has also expressed his view that if the programme is to continue to air, non-religious speakers should be allowed to contribute.

BHA Head of Public Affairs Pavan Dhaliwal commented: ‘Evan Davis’ call for an equal hearing of non-religious and religious viewpoints on moral issues of the day is a welcome one. Our campaign for equal treatment of a genuine variety of perspectives on moral issues in broadcasting has been a long standing one, leading to a number of meetings with senior BBC executives and submissions in response to consultations. However, the BBC’s egregious and unfathomable insistence that only religious views on moral issues of the day are valid persist

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