Ruling deferred over radio advert

By Amaris Cole

The High Court has deferred a decision on the Premier Christian Radio advertisement blocked by a regulatory body last year.
The Radio Advertising Clearance Centre refused to allow the advert, which called for Christians to report their experiences of marginalisation in the workplace.
Premier intended to broadcast it in the run-up to the General Election, but it was prohibited by the Secretary of Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, for being of a political nature.
The advert quoted surveys that claimed 60 per cent of Christians experienced marginalisation in the workplace.
The owners of the station challenged the decision last December, and were granted a judicial appeal. Premier Radio links this case to the fundamental rights of Christians to freedom of religious expression.
The station’s chief executive, Peter Kerridge, said: “We are pleased with the way in which the case is progressing.
“His Honour Judge Silber listened carefully to the legal arguments put forward by Premier Christian Radio and will now consider his decision in the full knowledge that this is a very important case for Premier, RACC and the UK Government.”

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