The BBC has been accused of “skewing” coverage on the climate change debate. According to a new report from The Global Warming Policy Foundation, there is evidence suggesting the broadcaster has failed to report accurately and objectively on the issue of climate change.
The GWPF, a think tank whose remit is to open the debate on what they call “the contested science” of global warming, says the BBC has betrayed its own principles in three respects. The GWPF allege the BBC has:
• betrayed its statutory obligation to be impartial;
• betrayed the principles of responsible journalism, by allowing its coverage to become one-sided;
• betrayed the fundamental principles of science.
The reports author, journalist Christopher Brooker told ELN: “They’ve been caught out because the story has changed and in many ways what seemed obvious five or six years ago was something everyone could accept as ‘the consensus’. In fact, this is no longer the case. The story has been falling apart in a big way and it’s leaving us with a colossal mess because there are all sorts of laws and taxes piled up, not to mention hugely important decisions in our energy policy.”
The group are concerned that the world’s largest broadcaster could be lacking in impartiality. Mr Brooker said their coverage of controversial technologies was fairly one-sided: “They have not gone out to tell people what is happening. One of the biggest examples is the incredible way in which they have accepted the propaganda of the wind industry about wind turbines, which are as we know, are incredibly inefficient and expensive.”
A BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC’s climate change coverage is balanced and impartialdespite pressure from all those who would seek to influence the way this story is reported… We don’t endorse one view or another. But we do have a responsibility to report on where the centre of gravity lies in the debate, which is that the broad majority of climate change scientists accept the evidence that human activity has contributed to global warming.”