The BBC, long accused of bias in its reporting of the climate change debate, has now been ordered to deliver balanced coverage on the issue:

The BBC has been repeatedly accused of bias in its reporting of climate change issues.

Last year one of its reporters, Paul Hudson, was criticised for not reporting on some of the highly controversial “Climategate” leaked emails from the University of East Anglia, even though he had been in possession of them for some time.

Climate change sceptics have also accused the BBC of not properly reporting “Glaciergate”, when a study from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) saying that glaciers would melt by 2035 was discredited.

But the BBC’s new editorial guidelines, published yesterday after an extensive consultation that considered over 1,600 submissions by members of the public, say expressly for the first time that scientific issues fall within the corporation’s obligation to be impartial.

The mainstream media in New Zealand should take note. We have moved ahead of our trading partners, and the vast majority of the rest of the world, by embarking on an expensive Emissions Trading Scheme. Now the BBC is saying the science isn’t settled.

‘Climategate’ and ‘Glaciergate’ were not exactly widely reported in New Zealand either. Regardless of individuals’ opinions on climate change, there is a debate raging out there and the public deserves balanced coverage.

 Read the full article here.


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