From various sources (but mostly The Telegraph):
Mr Tatchell is one of the founders of a group called Protest the Pope that criticises the Pope's record on homosexuality, contraception and child abuse and says that he "is an unsuitable guest of the UK government."
British broadcaster Channel 4 said the 60-minute program will examine the impact that the Pope's pronouncements have had on both the developing and Western world, and that it will give voice to a range of views on the Pope. Mr Tatchell has said it would be "robustly factual".
"There is nothing surprising in the continued frantic jumping up and down by the Guardian/Channel 4/BBC axis in opposition to the Pope. Their venom is now so repetitive that it has lost any potency it once had. Frankly, people are getting bored with them," said James MacMillan, a composer, who is a devout Catholic.
Ann Widdecombe, a Tory politician, said: "I think this will confirm the view that there probably already is in the Vatican that this is a profoundly anti-Catholic country. I wouldn't call this the right thing for any serious broadcaster to do, but they're doing it for the publicity, they're doing it to stir up controversy. Mr Tatchell certainly won't be sympathetic to his subject, so what's the point of doing it? It won't be skeptical, it will be hostile."
COMMENT: Well, Mr MacMillan is right. There is nothing surprising about the Guardian, BBC and Channel 4 opposing Benny's visit. Of all the predominantly excellent British media they are the most courageous in speaking out against institutional bigotry and wrongdoing, even when they know it's not going to be popular with the government and, even, the people who pay their wages. Personally, if I had the BBC on my case I'd just apologise profusely and go away and hide.