BBC tells reporters to stop giving air time to climate change deniers

 The BBC instructs reporters to stop creating "false balance" on coverage of the issue. 

Comedian John Oliver pit Bill Nye the Science Guy and 96 scientists against three climate change deniers in his recent show to illustrate fair balance in news.

BBC news reporters have been given directions to lower the amount of air time they give to climate change deniers and people who reject science-based viewpoints, according to a report last week. 

The BBC Trust’s report said it was implementing the new policy for increased accuracy and fairness, saying that reports need to avoid “false balance" by giving two sides of an argument equal value. Over 90 per cent of the scientific community believe that climate change is real, and link its causes to human activity. 

“Science coverage does not simply lie in reflecting a wide range of views but depends on the varying degree of prominence such views should be given,” the report said.

Recently, English comedian John Oliver criticized mainstream news coverage of the issue, which tended to give equal representation to both scientists and climate skeptics. According to a 2013 report from Media Matters, 69 per cent of guests on Fox News spoke to express doubts about climate science. Over 70 per cent of climate change skeptics hosted by Fox News had no background in climate science. 

 

 

 

Read More:

More in News

Views from a refugee camp: Who gets into heaven?

I have just returned to Vancouver Island from Greek refugee camps where I met a Yazidi man named Jason who told me about his escape from ISIS in Iraq.   His story begins on a desert road where a...

Vancouver's bicycle sharing grows as 15 new stations installed

Mobi bicycle by Shaw Go in Vancouver. Photo by Christopher Porter from Flickr Creative Commons

International Women's Day Concert celebrates female musicians who turned tragedy into triumph

Every March 8, on International Women's Day, we hear about the achievements of brilliant, talented women around the world. But how often do we learn about the physical and mental disabilities or...
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.