The head of Channel Four’s factual programming has explained the decision to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer every morning throughout Ramadan.

Ralph Lee told the Radio Times it would act as a form of provocation aimed at those associating Islam with extremism.

He also suggested that Ramadan was of more interest to viewers than “blanket coverage” of Royal events.

Channel Four will show a series of programmes as part of an examination of Ramadan, which begins next Tuesday.

Writing in the Radio Times, Lee said the broadcaster would become the first mainstream channel to screen the call to prayer every day. [Read more…]