Straight talking UKIP leader Nigel Farage reads the BBC weather forecast. Never one to hold back or worry about causing offence, Farage tells it like it is:
One of those pesky bloggers has busted the chops of the BBC that is now mired in a scandal of its own making, attempting to coverup ‘green propaganda’ training for its top executives that would shape programming for years.
On top of that it was government funded at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds.
The BBC has spent tens of thousands of pounds over six years trying to keep secret an extraordinary âecoâ conference which has shaped its coverage of global warming,Â The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The controversial seminar was run by a body set up by the BBCâs own environment analyst Roger Harrabin and funded via a ÂŁ67,000 grant from the then Labour government, which hoped to see its âlineâ on climate change and other Third World issues promoted in BBC reporting.
At the event, in 2006, green activists and scientists â one of whom believes climate change is a bigger danger than global nuclear warÂ â lectured 28 of the Corporationâs most senior executives.
Then director of television Jana Bennett opened the seminar by telling the executives to ask themselves: âHow do you plan and run a city that is going to be submerged?â And she asked them to consider if climate change laboratories might offer material for a thriller.
A lobby group with close links to green campaigners, the International Broadcasting Trust (IBT), helped to arrange government funding for both the climate seminarÂ and other BBC seminars run byÂ Mr Harrabin â one of which was attended by then Labour Cabinet Minister Hilary Benn.
Applying for money from Mr Bennâs Department for International Development (DFID), the IBT promised Ministers the seminars would influence programme content for years to come.
The BBC began its long legal battle to keep details of the conference secret after an amateur climate blogger spotted a passing reference to it in an official report.Â Read more »
Guy Goma, a grad just hanging at the BBC for a job interview, makes a pretty good fist of being a technology expert in this interview when he’s put on the hot seat in error.
Jennifer Saunders cuts loose on the BBC.
In a tirade worthy of her Absolutely Fabulous character Edina, Jennifer Saunders has criticised the BBC, claiming that it has become âan executive-run place for idiotsâ.
The writer and comedian said the BBC was no longer a fun place to work, but a top-heavy corporate behemoth.
She described wanting to yell obscenities at a former director-general for insisting on spending licence fee-payersâ money on expensive lunches at the fashionable Ivy restaurant in London rather than on programmes.
Saunders, 55, was speaking to Glamour magazine in an interview to promote her autobiography, Bonkers: My Life in Laughs, which is published this week.
She fondly recalled the excitement of arriving at the BBC Television Centre in west London with her comedy partner Dawn French when they were starting out in their careers.
Since then, however, she said the corporation, which recently sold off Television Centre to split programme-making between central London and Manchester, had become âunrecognisableâ.
âItâs become top-heavy in such an ugly way,â she said. âThey went corporate instead of being what they should be, which is a national resource, a place which trains people and curates the best programmes, and encourages talent and does great news and journalism.Â Read more »