David Prever at Drivetime, Radio Oxford, 9 May 2013: Finding by the Editorial Complaints Unit

Complaint

A listener complained that the presenter said the evidence against climate change was “overwhelming” and suggested there was a “huge amount of evidence from esteemed organisations and professors and universities around the world” which questioned whether climate change was occurring.

 

Outcome

The ECU agreed that the presenter misrepresented the weight of evidence for man-made climate change and gave undue emphasis to a minority view.

Upheld

 

Further Action

The Editor has discussed the finding with the presenter and producer and reinforced the importance of asking challenging questions that are based on proper evidence and are well sourced, as well as highlighting the BBC Trust’s position on the climate change debate.

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