'Disappointing' religious radio

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THE decline in religious programming on the BBC World Service has been described as a "disappointment". Lord Howell of Guildford said the issue was a matter for the radio station but hoped the level might increase.

At question time in the House of Lords the Bishop of Chester, the Right Rev Peter Forster, said there was a general recognition that world peace required "more religious understanding".

He asked Lord Howell: "Would you share my disappointment that over the last 10 years the religious programming output of the World Service has dropped?" The minister replied: "Yes. Although this is an editorial decision of the BBC World Service