The BBC will increase its coverage of more religions and could broadcast Friday prayers after complaints that it was too Christian, The Times has learnt.

Lord Hall of Birkenhead, director-general of the corporation, is inviting religious leaders to join discussions about plans for multi-faith coverage. He will also appoint a senior executive, who will sit on the board of governors, to draw up new programme ideas alongside broadcasts such as Songs of Praise and Thought for the Day.

The aim is to ensure more coverage of all faiths after criticism that Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs were being ignored. This year a BBC report concluded that there was a disproportionate amount of programming on Christianity compared with other faiths.

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