London, 26 October — The Global Warming Policy Forum has welcomed Ofcom’s announcement that it is to launch an investigation into BBC impartiality.
The GWPF has been a prominent critic of the BBC’s habitual bias in its reporting of renewable energy, climate change and climate policy, and in particular its lack of viewpoint diversity among its environmental journalists.
Speaking about the Ofcom announcment, GWPF director, Dr Benny Peiser said:
“On climate change and renewable energy, the BBC has long since given up any semblance of impartiality. Several former BBC journalists have confirmed as much.
The latest British Social Attitudes Survey reveals that only around a quarter of the public has major concerns over the impacts of global warming and that only a third thinks that humans are the main cause of climate change. This is in sharp contrast to the BBC’s environmental journalists whose message of impending disaster is dominating its news coverage.
The BBC is not supposed to be a vehicle for its journalists’ prejudices. Unless it begins to reflect the views of the British public and the full spectrum of reasonable views on climate and energy the growing distrust of the BBC will only accelerate”.
Dr Benny Peiser
Global Warming Policy Forum
55 Tufton Street
London SW1P 3QL