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 »