BBC News caught in new climate change scandal

By Ian Wishart

Britain’s embattled BBC is embroiled in a major new scandal this morning, but this time it’s over potentially massive conflicts of interest in its climate change coverage.

Already licking its wounds from a pedophilia scandal, it has now been revealed the BBC decided to abandon its policy of objective reporting of the climate change issue back in 2006 on the basis of advice from an advisory panel – many of whose members had a financial interest in silencing debate.

On January 26, 2006, a twenty-eight strong advisory panel convinced BBC radio and TV news bosses to primarily push the “global warming is real” line, and not give airtime to people challenging that position.

For six years, lawyers for the BBC have been fighting to prevent the names of that advisory panel being revealed to the public.

Today, however, climate websites WattsUpWithThat and ClimateDepot have published the names of the people who convinced the BBC to publish climate propaganda, and that list reveals a number of attendees potentially stood to make money from the climate change scare through either business interests or public fundraising efforts built on climate scare news stories:

The list from: January 26th 2006, BBC Television Centre, London

Robert May, Oxford University and Imperial College London
Mike Hulme, Director, Tyndall Centre, UEA
Blake Lee-Harwood, Head of Campaigns, Greenpeace
Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen
Michael Bravo, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Andrew Dlugolecki, Insurance industry consultant
Trevor Evans, US Embassy
Colin Challen MP, Chair, All Party Group on Climate Change
Anuradha Vittachi, Director,
Andrew Simms, Policy Director, New Economics Foundation
Claire Foster, Church of England
Saleemul Huq, IIED
Poshendra Satyal Pravat, Open University
Li Moxuan, Climate campaigner, Greenpeace China
Tadesse Dadi, Tearfund Ethiopia
Iain Wright, CO2 Project Manager, BP International
Ashok Sinha, Stop Climate Chaos
Andy Atkins, Advocacy Director, Tearfund
Matthew Farrow, CBI
Rafael Hidalgo, TV/multimedia producer
Cheryl Campbell, Executive Director, Television for the Environment
Kevin McCullough, Director, Npower Renewables
Richard D North, Institute of Economic Affairs
Steve Widdicombe, Plymouth Marine Labs
Joe Smith, The Open University
Mark Galloway, Director, IBT
Anita Neville, E3G
Eleni Andreadis, Harvard University
Jos Wheatley, Global Environment Assets Team, DFID
Tessa Tennant, Chair, AsRia

BBC attendees:
Jana Bennett, Director of Television
Sacha Baveystock, Executive Producer, Science
Helen Boaden, Director of News
Andrew Lane, Manager, Weather, TV News
Anne Gilchrist, Executive Editor Indies & Events, CBBC
Dominic Vallely, Executive Editor, Entertainment
Eleanor Moran, Development Executive, Drama Commissioning
Elizabeth McKay, Project Executive, Education
Emma Swain, Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual
Fergal Keane, (Chair), Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Fran Unsworth, Head of Newsgathering
George Entwistle, Head of TV Current Affairs
Glenwyn Benson, Controller, Factual TV
John Lynch, Creative Director, Specialist Factual
Jon Plowman, Head of Comedy
Jon Williams, TV Editor Newsgathering
Karen O’Connor, Editor, This World, Current Affairs
Catriona McKenzie, Tightrope Pictures

BBC Television Centre, London (cont)
Liz Molyneux, Editorial Executive, Factual Commissioning
Matt Morris, Head of News, Radio Five Live
Neil Nightingale, Head of Natural History Unit
Paul Brannan, Deputy Head of News Interactive
Peter Horrocks, Head of Television News
Peter Rippon, Duty Editor, World at One/PM/The World this Weekend
Phil Harding, Director, English Networks & Nations
Steve Mitchell, Head Of Radio News
Sue Inglish, Head Of Political Programmes
Frances Weil, Editor of News Special Events

There’s been no reaction yet from the BBC to the publication.

It has previously been reported that major environmental “charities” like Greenpeace made hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue after the BBC abandoned honest reporting on climate change in 2006 – a move that in turn encouraged other media to abandon objectivity as well.