- BBC issued a formal guidance telling reporters not to include global warming “deniers” in news coverage
- BBC has been trying to crack down on climate coverage since at least 2014
- Skeptics have criticized BBC, saying its actions are meant to silence debate
The BBC has renewed its crackdown on reporters interviewing skeptics in TV, radio and print coverage of man-made global warming.
BBC’s director of news and current affairs, Fran Unsworth, sent an email Thursday telling BBC journalists there’s no need to include “deniers” in global warming coverage. This is the first time BBC has sent formal guidance on global warming, reported the website Carbon Brief.
Unsworth’s email linked to a “crib sheet” that included BBC’s “position” on global warming coverage, according to Carbon Brief. BBC also asked journalists to take a one-hour “training course on reporting climate change.”
BBC told reporters not to include a “denier” in coverage of global warming in “the same way you would not have someone denying that Manchester United won 2-0 last Saturday.” The BBC’s crib sheet says: “The referee has spoken.”
This may be the first formal guidance on climate coverage, but it’s not BBC’s first attempt to train reporters against allowing “false balance” such in coverage.