The BBC Trust has rejected complaints about a ban on non-religious contributors to the Thought For The Day slot on Radio 4’s Today programme.
Allowing only religious content did not breach BBC guidelines on impartiality or its duty to reflect religious and other beliefs, its governing body said.
The National Secular Society said the decision was “a rebuke” to people who did not have religious beliefs.
The British Humanist Association said the policy was an “ongoing injustice”.
The trust was responding to 11 appeals following complaints about the slot as well as a further appeal about the BBC’s policy on non-religious programming.