Two takes on a story about Ramadan

G: Channel 4 is to air the Muslim call to prayer live every morning during the month of Ramadan.

DM: Channel 4 is to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan this year, it revealed yesterday.

Good start, different styles of writing but more or less the same top line.

G: It is believed to be the first time a mainstream British television channel has broadcast the Islamic call to prayer.

DM: The broadcaster said it was an act of “deliberate provocation” aimed at viewers who might associate Islam with extremism.

WHOA there nelly – straight in with the comment – although actually in this case I think the Daily Mail probably picked a better second line.

G: The headline-grabbing move will see Channel 4 broadcast the three-minute call to prayer at about 3am for 30 days from the start of Ramadan on 9 July.

DM: Starting next week, the broadcaster will transmit the morning call to prayer daily for the 30 days of Ramadan.

This is where I would have put the Guardian second line – they both have more or less the same third line.

G: In addition, on the first day of Ramadan Channel 4 will interrupt programming four times during the day – to mark subsequent calls to prayer – with a 20-second film to remind viewers of the approaching prayer time.

DM: Channel 4’s head of factual programming Ralph Lee said the channel would act as a ‘nationwide tannoy system’ for Britain’s 2.8million Muslims while they observed Ramadan.

I like the daily mail line.

G: After that date, the channel will air the 3am call to prayer on live TV, with the other four prayer times will be broadcast on its website.

DM: He said almost five per cent of the British population would ‘actively engage’ in Ramadan this month, adding: ‘Can we say the same of other national events that have received blanket coverage on television such as the Queen’s coronation anniversary?’

Again Daily Mail have it here – compelling point high in the story.

G: Ralph Lee, Channel 4′s head of factual programming, said: “The calls to prayer prompt Muslims to carry out quiet moments of worship, but hopefully they’ll also make other viewers sit up and notice that this event is taking place.

DM: Critics questioned whether the decision to transmit the call to prayer was a ‘publicity-seeking stunt’ by the controversial broadcaster.

And DM put the ‘other side’ across high up as well – Guardian still going with Ralph Lee.

And now for the the first comment:

G: oooh that’s early. best of luck to those followers fasting this year, it’s going to be a tough one.

DM: i will never watch channel 4 again, this is a christian country

OK.