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The BBC’s religious department is under fire. Paul Handley spoke to its new head

WHEN Aaqil Ahmed was appointed head of religion and ethics at the BBC last summer, he was the first Muslim to hold the post.

The move provoked 115 letters of complaint.

The letter-writers were misguided on two accounts. First, Mr Ahmed was appointed to not one but two posts: head of religion and commissioning editor for TV. (BBC radio is handled by Christine Morgan.) In other departments, the posts are usually separate, and it is the commissioning ...

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