RESPONSE FROM CHANNEL 4
This is clearly a standard form letter, no doubt received by many today. I only wish I had copied and pasted my original complaint so you could see how anodyne is their 'assurance'.
Dear Mr xxxxxx,
Thank you for your email regarding the decision to broadcast 4RAMADAN: Call To Prayer.
We are sorry to read of your concerns regarding this season of programmes. It is part of Channel 4?s remit to appeal to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse society and to provide a platform for alternative views and perspectives.
As part of that remit, we have an obligation to provide a percentage of programming around religious themes, the Ramadan season is just one small part of that, as are our daily episodes of 4thought.tv; which transmits on Channel 4 daily. This being a series, which highlights the personal opinions on moral and religious questions, from a wide range of viewers, some from a religious standpoint and some from those with a non-religious background.
It is part of Channel 4?s remit to appeal to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse society and to provide a platform for alternative views and perspectives. Every year, 2.8 million Muslims in Britain take part in Ramadan. It is a hugely significant religious event for this British religious community as for one whole month from dawn to dusk, they forgo food, water, smoking and swearing ? in an attempt to focus on what?s important, think about those who have less than them and better appreciate what they have. This season will explore these experiences and provide insight into how they combine this religious observance with modern life in Britain.
Nevertheless, please be assured that your complaint has been logged and noted for the information of those responsible for our programming.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate all feedback from our viewers; complimentary or otherwise.
Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries