09 February 2009

Further information on BBC Religion and Ethics changes

Since our concerns about proposed changes to the BBC's Religion and Ethics department were initially raised on Saturday, we are pleased to have received some clarification from the BBC.

The changes principally concern the management structures of BBC Religion and Ethics, which will involve Nick Patten, currently Head of the Birmingham Factual team, immediately taking on a management role covering both the Manchester and Birmingham teams. Manchester Religion and Ethics team will now feature a dedicated Commissioning Editor position, to be filled as soon as possible.

I have received reassurance from Tom Archer, Controller of Factual Production for the BBC, that the Religion and Ethics department in Manchester will continue to provide specialist programming for the BBC and that the new changes will allow for greater creative development of Religion and Ethics programming.

We continue to offer our prayerful support to BBC staff as they adjust to the new management structures and look forward to seeing the excellent work of the Religion and Ethics team grow and develop as promised.

Anna Drew
Lead Media Officer
British Methodist Church

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