BBC told to cool it on climate change deniers

Posted by Mike Confino, July 8, 2014

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The BBC’s viewers and listeners could soon be hearing a lot less hot air from climate change skeptics, under new guidance warning of the risk of “false balance” in science reports.

The respected broadcaster has been told by the BBC Trust, an independent review body set up by the network to uphold standards, that news bulletins give too much weight to those on the fringes of science, to the detriment of the public’s better understanding.

The BBC Trust, in a report four years in the making, said that the network pays so much attention to the appearance of impartiality that many of its broadcasts end up with a “false balance” — giving equal time and attention to often discredited ideas. While the report did not focus solely on climate change, it used the issue as an example of the network taking an “overrigid application of editorial guidelines on impartiality.”

via BBC told to cool it on climate change deniers | Al Jazeera America.

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