London: The BBC is anti-Christian and discriminates against people on the basis of their age, the corporation’s own survey has revealed.
The survey conducted as part of the BBC’s ‘Diversity Strategy’ covered 4,500 people, including some BBC staff. It showed that viewers believe Christians are badly treated with ‘derogatory stereotypes’, which portray them as ‘weak’ or ‘bigoted’.
It was suggested that there was a bias against Christianity and that other religions were better represented, the Daily Mail reports.
Respondents also felt that older women and disabled people were being ‘marginalized’.
“Both public and staff respondents commented that ageism within the organization is one of the BBC’s most pressing equality and diversity issues,” the report concluded.
It was even suggested that one member of staff only employs ‘good-looking people’.
Viewers also felt that minority groups were over-represented by the corporation.
They expressed concerns over ‘tokenism’ and ‘box-ticking’ and warned the broadcaster against trying to ‘manipulate’ an equal society instead of reflecting reality.
Sixty-five percent of the public surveyed said the corporation was poor or very poor at its contribution to creating an equal society.
However, a BBC spokesman said the corporation does not have an anti-Christian bias.
“We have strict editorial guidelines on impartiality, including religious perspectives, and Christian programming forms the majority and the cornerstone of our religion and ethical output,” said the spokesman.