A BRIEF HISTORY OF CLIMATE
CHANGE COVERAGE BY
On September 6, 2018, the BBC sent a fact sheet to journalists about the organization's stance on climate change, as well as offering a course to reporters on how to cover climate change "accurately and knowledgeably." The guide came about due to frequent criticism surrounding the BBC's coverage of climate change and related issues.
After drawing criticism from outlets such as the Daily Mail, the BBC Trust announces that they will be reviewing the "accuracy and impartiality" of science coverage at the BBC.
BBC Radio's Today Programme airs an interview with climate scientist Brian Hoskins, and Nigel Lawson, a politician and notorious climate change skeptic.
The Today Programme airs another interview with Lawson, during which he claims that the average global temperature has actually decreased, among other false claims. The interview is no longer available on their website.
THE INTERVIEW 2.0
Oct. 25 2017
Aug. 10 2017
The BBC admits they were wrong not to challenge Lawson's false claims more harshly while on the air.
BBC's Newsnight tweets a misleading quote about climate change from an interview with scientist Stephen Belcher. This acts as yet another blow to the BBC's credibility.
Sept. 6 2018
The BBC makes its position on climate change clear and sends a guide to its journalists that covers how to report on the issue accurately and confidently. They will also be offering a one hour course that covers "the latest science, policy, research, and misconceptions to challenge."