Oh the horror! They won’t have a special room pointing towards Mecca, to bang their heads against the floor in 5 times a day! Of course if it were Christians or Jews, the BBC would likely tell them to pray on their own time, since we all know Christians and Jews don’t demand special treatment, nor would they riot when they don’t get it.
BBC blunder as bosses forget to build prayer room for new Arabic TV channel
For an organisation which prides itself on going to great lengths not to offend any minority groups, it is a source of considerable embarrassment.
The BBC is under fire from Muslims after spending millions on setting up an Arabic channel but forgetting to build a prayer room for its staff.
Many of the 220 workers hired by the corporation’s new TV service, have been forced to cram into tiny make-shift spaces to worship.
This has sparked accusations of BBC ‘ignorance’ over the way it has treated religious sensitivities of its employees.
The corporation is launching the new service, hailed as its answer to Al Jazeera, in the coming months.
It will air from a ground-breaking multimedia studio, which is part of the overbudget £830million redevelopment of Broadcasting House.
The service, which will cost about £20m a year to run, is currently piloting for its high-profile launch.
It has been described as the model for future BBC stations.
But despite the massive expense and planning, executives forgot one vital thing in its ambitious scheme. A permanent prayer room.
Staff have been forced to march out of the building to another site across the road, where a prayer room for all faiths has been set up.
Muslims, who pray to Mecca five times a day, starting at sunrise and ending at sunset, are making repeated trips to Henry Wood House nearby.
One employee said: “It is unbelievable. The original plans didn’t even mention a prayer room. They just gave us the only rooms available.
Read the rest in the Daily Mail.
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