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summarised from a piece by Ben Webster, Times, 5 Dec 15

Back in August the BBC tried to prevent climate sceptics from taking part in a Radio 4 programme about the Met Office.

However, senior BBC editors discussed the programme before it was made and agreed that the inclusion of sceptics would not do any harm.

Quentin Letts, the presenter of "What’s the Point of…the Met Office" was not informed of the editors’ decision. He interviewed Peter Lilley,MP, and a weather forecaster, both of whom accused the Met Office of overstating the risks from climate change.

After the broadcast, the BBC Trust received complaints. Its response was to say that the programme was a breach of impartiality and accuracy, and it was removed from IPlayer.

Mr Letts said: “It’s a bit Orwellian. There’s an amateurishness to their sinister attempts to control thought.”

Peter Lilley, the Conservative MP interviewed, said the BBC was trying to silence people like him who, while not denying global warming, questioned whether the world would warm as fast as the Met Office claimed.

Mr. Lilley was asked in the programme whether he was a total sceptic on man-made climate change? He replied that he studied physics at Cambridge, so accepted the basic thesis that a lot more CO2 in the atmosphere would marginally warm up the earth, but that it would be very marginal.

“Anything going on the alarmist scale is pure speculation. The sad thing is that they’ve become committed to a particular pseudo-scientific doctrine and now are unwilling to change their doctrine when the facts refute it.”

The full story is at http://www.thegwpf.com/bbc-trust-condemns-bbc-for-failure-to-censor-climate-programme/#sthash.R9Scs2jp.dpuf

7 Dec 2015


MORE BBC BIAS: Earlier article, from Mar 2015

Chris Booker talks about a propaganda programme made recently by the BBC. This is a summary of his Sunday Telegraph article about it, from early March 2015.

Next January will see the 10th anniversary of one of the most curious episodes in the history of the BBC. At a secret seminar, many of its senior executives met with invited outsiders to agree on a new policy in breach of its Charter. They agreed that the BBC’s coverage of climate change should be one-sided, contravening its statutory obligation that its coverage of controversial subjects should be accurate and impartial. Anything contradicting the party line could be ignored.

The BBC Trust reported that the seminar had taken this decision on the advice of the best scientific experts present. Years later, after the BBC had spent tens of thousands of pounds trying to suppress the identities of its scientific experts, it emerged that they had been referring to climate activists from Greenpeace, Stop Climate Chaos and similar groups.

This led to hundreds of programmes being blatantly biased.

Last week the BBC was at it again, in its programme Climate Change By Numbers. The programme pretended to take a fresh look at the issue, using three mathematicians to analyse the science.

We began with a young lady mathematician explaining how we know that the world has warmed since 1880.

She skated round the controversial methods by which temperature data have been adjusted. The world has warmed by about 0.85 degrees, which is not disputed. What she left out was that this is not unusual. Two earlier warming phases from natural causes, between 1860 and 1880 and from 1910 to 1940, were just as large as the one ending in about 1995.

The second segment showed a professor using his passion for Spurs football team to tell us that computer models are reliable. What he omitted to explain was that, in the past 17 years, the IPCC’s computer model predictions about global temperatures have all been wrong.

In the final segment, another professor used a sequence about motor-racing to tell us that pouring increasing amounts of man-made CO2 into the atmosphere has led us to more frequent and more extreme weather events. This was also factually incorrect, as admitted by the IPCC recently. Extreme weather events are neither more extreme nor more frequent than they were previously.

The BBC knows it has a legal obligation to be impartial. The people running it know that they are breaking the law. But they also know they can get away with it, because no one in authority will call them to account.


    With embarrassing timing, Parliament's European Scrutiny Committee has released a report saying that the BBC's coverage of European issues is shallow and biased.

    Given the possibility that Britain will hold a referendum on its EU membership at some point in the next two years, the implication that the BBC is failing to provide balance is very troubling.

    Given that the BBC is constitutionally obliged to represent everyone across the political spectrum, it needs to get its house in order.

    26 Mar 15


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