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David Keighley: The BBC might ditch the Met Office but not its obsession with climate change


It is reported that the BBC is in the process of ditching the Met Office as its £30 million-a-year supplier of weather forecasts. But this will not make an iota of difference to the Corporation’s wildly skewed presentation of our weather.

A new weather contract has not yet been confirmed, and this could well be another example of Corporation sabre-rattling to draw attention to  the fact that the nasty Tories are suggesting that there might have to be cutbacks in Corporation spending – especially as one of  the first squawks of indignation about the possible switch was from former BBC reporter-turned-Labour MP Ben Bradshaw.

Yet whatever happens will not make a whit of difference to the Corporation’s seriously biased coverage of anything to do with climate or weather that was set in stone by the Trustees back in 2011. The full story is brilliantly told by Andrew Montford here.       

The reality is that the Met Office and Auntie have conspired in tandem over the past 25 years in delivering a relentless propaganda stream that even Goebbels would have envied.

The goal has been to convince audiences that unless we dismantle capitalism to reduce our carbon dioxide-belching ways the world is doomed. 

This item by alarmist reporter Matt McGrath on the BBC website is a typical example of this tsunami of misinformation and deceit.  He presents a totally one-sided picture of allegedly record temperatures in July as if it is undisputed, unchallengeable fact. The authority for this is, of course, the Met Office.  

What the BBC always avoids is that other authorities present a very different picture from this deliberate doom-mongering, for example here on the  WUWT site.    

The underlying ideology is a bigger scam than even the cod sociological dynamics devised by Karl Marx. It has given BBC presenters and reporters at every level and in every department the licence to attack and label as ‘deniers’ those who disagree.

This deceitful, systematic distortion saturates almost every orifice and pore of BBC output, and has also been facilitated by a massive manipulation of the language that means virtually every meteorological development is now shot through with menace and potential catastrophe.

Forecasts – with the ludicrous disproportionate emphasis on major ‘warnings’ and ‘alerts’ – are deliberately apocalyptic in tone.

Nature and geography programmes – from Country File to Coast – are framed with massive inbuilt assumptions that warming is causing irreparable damage and that the only way forward is to abandon or seriously curtail any activities that generate ‘carbon’. 

News and current affairs gives acres of space to climate alarmists such as Greenpeace and deliberately mostly exclude those who dare to disagree. Stories that promote the creed are regularly and systematically elevated to the top of running orders, while scientific papers which undermine the rigid orthodoxy are seldom, if ever, covered.

Another consequence of this in news and current affairs coverage is that bodies such as the EU and the UN, which want more ‘action’ to limit climate change, are treated with deferential reverence.  

The Warming Creed also permeates entertainment programmes. The crude propaganda in these short films made as a collaboration between the Open University and the BBC illustrate the vast range of what is involved. NO propaganda opportunity is being missed. BBC World Service, with its so-called charity arm, World Service Action, have adopted as their central mission the mobilisation of the developing world to fight climate change ‘injustice’.

Who might supply the weather for the BBC next?  Well it’s rumoured to be a commercial offshoot of the New Zealand national weather service, Metra, or the Dutch national weather provider. The reality is that most of these bodies have a similar outlook to the Met Office, because all of them derive significant chunks of their revenues from alarmist sources.  .

Whoever it is will have to fit in with the Corporation’s views about climate alarmism.

The BBC Trustees are entirely complicit in this deceit. Scratch the surface of their biographies and climate alarmist connections abound.  For example, Aideen  McGinley, who is the Northern Ireland Trustee, is also  Co-Chair of the Northern Ireland division of the Carnegie Trust.

This body – like many so-called philanthropic foundations – has BBC-style climate alarmism as its underlying driving force for its grant-making.  This animated graphic shows that its major mission in terms of civic society is  to get everyone clamouring for ‘renewables’,  to foment  major demonstrations against companies who  dare to use or emit ‘carbon’, and to campaign for vast new swathes of legislation and regulation in pursuit of these goals.

This exactly chimes with the deeply biased and deeply warped mission of the BBC in this arena. Reform of the BBC should tackle this serious structural malaise, but as things stand, there is not the slightest sign of a will to do so. Met Office or no Met Office, BBC will carry on regardless in its mission to deceive.  

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David Keighley
David Keighley
Former BBC news producer, BBC PR executive and head of corporate relations for TV-am. Director of News-watch.

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