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.
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.