From a non Republic of Ireland viewpoint what is amazing about this schedule is 2 hrs 30 minutes of religious programming in the morning. That seems mad!
Not Really, The BBC is showing 2 hours 20 minutes of Religious Programming across BBC 1 and 2 that Morning. Plus The Archbishops Christmas Message is something like the Queens Christmas Message and is about as religious. It used to be on at 6 but they moved it up to a time which has a lot less people watching. What they don't tend to do is break up Religious programmes across the Channels. I think one year they had all the Religion on RTE 2 and Entertainment on 1.
Plus isn't this what Public Service Broadcasting is all about. Religion would certainly not be as important today to the vast Majority of people in Britain or Ireland but there are still some that value it. On top of that it has no commercial value whatsoever.