Channel 4 to play Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan

Channel 4 will broadcast the Muslim call to prayer every morning during Ramadan - the religious festival which sees millions of worshippers around the world fast for a month.

Worshippers attend Friday Prayers at Langley Green Mosque in Crawley, West Sussex. Credit: Chris Young/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The channel's head of factual programming Ralph Lee said it had previously been nearly invisible on mainstream TV.

Writing in the Radio Times, he said that many non-Muslims saw Ramadan in terms of "the physical hardship of fasting and control" rather than as a "time of reformation and reflection".

The channel will broadcast the traditional call to prayer, delivered by muezzin Hassen Rasool, at the same time it is played in mosques around London.