Monday, August 04, 2014
BBC 'angers Muslim staff' by hosting hog roast to celebrate Commonwealth Games under the windows of Arabic TV service
The BBC has enraged Muslim staff after holding a hog roast to celebrate the Commonwealth Games - under the windows of the Arabic TV service.
An entire pig was spit-roasted in the courtyard of New Broadcasting House, central London, with wafts of meat drifting up to the predominantly Muslim office.
Staff in the department whose religion bans them from eating pork blasted the 'horror' at spotting the carcass on their lunch break.
The event on Friday, celebrating the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, was held just days after the close of Ramadan, a month of fasting for Muslims for spiritual reflection.
Sharing a photo of a scorched pig's head covered in juice, an Iranian journalist wrote: 'Horror in my lunch break at BBC New Broadcasting House.'
The Corporation routinely promotes 'diversity' values, and issues all employees with a welcome pack, that includes a survey with questions about their religion, sexual orientation, financial background, and any disabilities.
However, an insider berated the hog roast as 'disrespectful', claiming the hog was 'being flaunted', according to The Sun on Sunday.
A BBC spokesman said: 'We have received no complaints'.
The food festival set up outside the John Peel Wing, where the Arabic TV service is based on the fourth floor.
The Arabic TV service is one of the Corporation's flagship channels, covering 32 countries.
The team has been significantly expanded since 2008, when it officially launched.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).