This decision was in breach of its Charter, which states that its coverage of controversial issues should be impartial.
The seminar was held at TV Centre, attended by senior BBC officials, and was organised by a lobby group set up by the BBC's journalist Roger Harrabin to promote the global-warming scare in the media, financed by public money and other climate pressure groups.
Eventually it emerged that one speaker at the seminar was Lord May, ex-President of the Royal Society, a global warming alarmist.
Tony Newbery, who runs the Harmless Sky science blog, believes the public has a right to know the identity of those participating in the BBC's decision to abandon impartiality. He appealed to an Information Commission tribunal.
After a two-day hearing, in which Mr. Newbery was pitted against six lawyers hired by the BBC, the tribunal decided that the BBC, being a private organization, was entitled to keep its policy deliberations secret.
To paraphrase James Delingpole, this is an example of how the BBC deals with valid criticism. It uses its privileged position to promote one side of a debate, and then uses licence-fee money to pay for lawyers so that the truth remains concealed.
Follow-up...the identity of several of those attending the seminar has been worked out by individuals on the Bishop-hill blog. For a fuller account of the hearings, see Andrew Orlowski’s blog for TheRegister.co.uk.
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