Comment of the new BBC Head of Religion and Ethics

There was welcome today from the Methodist Church that the BBChas appointed Alan Bookbinder as its new Head of Religion andEthics.

Rev David Deeks, the Methodist Church's Co-ordinating Secretaryfor Church & Society, said:

"We would like to welcome Alan Bookbinder into this valuablerole. We would want to collaborate with him in every way that wecan to encourage high quality religious programmes to be made.Religion on television and radio needs to reflect the full range offaith communities in Britain. These programmes also should helpwider society to see the positive contribution made by communitiesof faith."