When Aaqil Ahmed was appointed to the top job in the BBC’s religious broadcasting unit in 2009, the corporation was criticised for appointing a Muslim to oversee the coverage of Britain’s majority religion.

Some questioned whether he was appointed purely so the BBC could be seen to be fulfilling its obligation to equality. Others, including some at this newspaper, suggested his work was too lightweight for such an important role. The corporation received 115 complaints about his appointment. The majority were for his not being a Christian.

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