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BBC hits back over Songs of Praise row

By Richard Vernalls

Published 15/08/2015

Worshippers attending a church erected in the migrant camp known as the Jungle in Calais
Worshippers attending a church erected in the migrant camp known as the Jungle in Calais

Filming BBC's Songs of Praise from a French migrant camp has been defended by the channel's head of religion who said the programme is not just about music.

Aaqil Ahmed said tomorrow's BBC One broadcast from the camp known as the Jungle, would focus on faith, not politics.

He was commenting after filming wrapped at the camp near the port of Calais where a group of would-be immigrants have thrown up a ramshackle church, providing ministry and Christian worship.

Critics claim the BBC's decision to film there is a waste of TV licence fee-payers' money.

Last week the Church of England's senior primate, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, backed the BBC, praising the move and telling programme-makers "well done".

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