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Church leaders attack BBC over Jonathan Ross’s pay deal

Jonathan Ross faced new criticism today over his £6million-a-year pay deal with the BBC – this time from church leaders.

The Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales claimed the BBC should spend a similar amount of money on religious programming.

BBC1’s Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, with an audience of about four million weekly, is regarded as a ‘wild success’ meriting an £18million star, the churches said.

But Songs Of Praise, they said, on the same channel, with similar audience figures, is regarded as part of an ‘unprofitable genre’.

‘This seems to be a striking lack of consistency,’ the Rt Rev Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Croydon and the Rt Rev John Arnold, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, said in a submission to Ofcom, the media watchdog.

• Full story at the Daily Mail.

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