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Channel 4 defends plan for Muslim prayer call

Nick Britten

Published 02/07/2013 | 05:00

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Muslims with diabetes should talk to their doctor before Ramadan fast
2.8 million Britons will fast for Ramadan month.

Britain's Channel 4 (C4) TV network has defended plans to broadcast the Islamic call to prayer every morning during Ramadan.

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Ralph Lee, C4's head of factual programming, said 2.8 million Britons would fast for Ramadan month.

C4 will broadcast the call to prayer, known as the adhan, at sunrise on TV and over the internet to appeal to young Muslims.

Mr Lee said he expected the channel to receive criticism, but added: "Nearly 5pc of the country will actively engage in Ramadan this month; can we say the same of other national events that have received blanket coverage on television, such as the queen's coronation anniversary?"

The BBC's broadcast of the coronation anniversary service on June 4 had 1.15 million viewers.

Mr Lee said: "The vast majority of people in Britain won't even be aware of (Ramadan's) existence. Not surprising when you consider its near invisibility on mainstream TV.

"Contrast this with the way most Muslims are represented on (TV): nearly always appearing in contexts related to extremism." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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