BBC's plan to drop AD and BC sparks holy row with Vatican
Published 06/10/2011 | 05:00
THE Vatican has criticised the BBC's suggestion that religiously "neutral" terms should be used on-air, writes Tim Ross.
The guidelines suggested that the phrases "the common era" and "before the common era" should be considered as potential replacements for AD and BC to avoid offending non-Christians.
But the semi-official newspaper of the Holy See, 'L'Osservatore Romano', described the guidance from the BBC's ethics advisers as "enormous nonsense" and accused the broadcaster of "senseless hypocrisy".
Some of the corporation's high-profile presenters said they would ignore the idea, which emerged last month from the religion pages of the BBC website.
The corporation has insisted that there was no management directive ordering producers and editors to use the secular date descriptions. (© Daily Telegraph, London)