The BBC's Charter and its Producers Guidelines state:
...'Due impartiality lies at the heart of the BBC. All programs and services should be open minded, fair and show a respect for truth? [BBC reports should] contain comprehensive, authoritative and impartial coverage of news and current affairs in the United Kingdom and throughout the world??
Let me say first, I am NOT complaining about the frequency of failures in the forecasting of the UK's weather - that is just because the variability of our climate means that the task is actually impossible.
My complaint is that the forecasts are getting ever less time allocated. The weather forecast contains a variable amount of information, from one sentence for the whole country to several different forecasts for different areas. The time allotted, both on radio and TV, has steadily been reduced over the years, from the FIVE MINUTES allotted in the late 1950s to the one minute or less allowed now. This means that a complex forecast has to be delivered in such a rushed babble that it is difficult to follow. The idea of putting a map on the TV screen is basically good, but the to have the forecaster stand in front of the map and waving his/her arms to obscure the western half of the map does not help.
Regarding the lack of accuracy of the BBC weather forecasts I wouldn't be too quick to dismiss it as due to the variability of our climate.
The BBC awards the weather forecasting contract to the Met Office, and as was noted when they last renewed it, this was despite massive inaccuracies previous to that. The main reason for this is the AGW agenda followed by the Met Office, and of course the BBC. If the models they choose to use are based on false assumptions then the predictions will be wrong - simple as that.
At present, the BBC is only answerable to itself in deciding its standards and coverage. How does it measure up to what you consider good quality, and impartial and unbiased reporting as required by its charter? All TV viewers in the UK are forced by law to pay for this 'service'. Do you believe that what is received truly 'serves' the society, - or merely increases the problems within it?
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