Baiting the BBC on climate change

About two weeks ago I sent a complaint email to the BBC about the bias I’d found in their reporting using a very basic statistical method. I point out the inadequacy and inequality in their reporting. Pointed out the results of major studies covered in other scientific journals, but missing from the BBC website.

In return, they even went to lengths to ignore my clear statements and I guess provide me with the “standard denier” email. Which I include, in full, below.

Dear Mr Leather


Thanks for contacting us about our coverage of climate change.

I understand that you feel that our coverage of climate change is biased in favour of the view that it is manmade and fully understood. I note that you feel evidence has suggested that climate change is caused by ocean circulation but that nothing about this has been reported by us.

We’re committed to impartial and balanced coverage when it comes to this issue. There is broad scientific agreement on the issue of climate change and we reflect this accordingly; however, we do aim to ensure that we also offer time to the dissenting voices.

Flagship BBC programmes such as ‘Newsnight’, ‘Today’ and our network news bulletins on BBC One have all included contributions from those who challenge the general scientific consensus recently and we will continue to offer time to such views on occasion

You might be interested in the views of former Newsnight editor, Peter Barron, who explored this issue in an online posting at our Editors’ Blog and explained some of the editorial issues it throws up:

I do however fully appreciate that you have been disappointed with our coverage of this issue therefore please be assured that I’ve registered your complaint on our audience log. This is a daily report of audience feedback that’s made available to many BBC staff, including members of the BBC Executive Board, channel controllers and other senior managers.

The audience logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions about future programming and content.

Thanks once again for taking the time to contact

Kind Regards


BBC Complaints

Needless to say, I’m going to have to reply.

Especially in the light of this little report. It would appear that the RISING SEA LEVELS meme will have to be called off. As usual, things are far more complicated than some scientists would have us believe.


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