BBC’s shameful climate propaganda seminar exposed

Activists, all of them...

Activists, all of them…

I wonder how much of the same goes on at our own publicly funded broadcaster? Probably all of it.

Whenever there is a climate change story to be covered, the ABC will rush to its favourites: David Karoly (alarmist), Matthew England (alarmist), Clive Hamilton (Green, activist), Stephan Lewandowsky (“scepics are conspiracy theorist fruit cakes”), Will Steffen (alarmist), Tim Flannery (alarmist), and the list goes on.

After lawyering up and spending thousands of licence fee payer’s cash on opposing Freedom of Information requests, the story is finally out, as the Daily Mail reports:

The BBC has spent tens of thousands of pounds over six years trying to keep secret an extraordinary ‘eco’ conference which has shaped its coverage of global warming, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The controversial seminar was run by a body set up by the BBC’s own environment analyst Roger Harrabin and funded via a £67,000 grant from the then Labour government, which hoped to see its ‘line’ on climate change and other Third World issues promoted in BBC reporting.

At the event, in 2006, green activists and scientists – one of whom believes climate change is a bigger danger than global nuclear war – lectured 28 of the Corporation’s most senior executives.

Then director of television Jana Bennett opened the seminar by telling the executives to ask themselves: ‘How do you plan and run a city that is going to be submerged?’ 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 seminar and other BBC seminars run by Mr Harrabin – one of which was attended by then Labour Cabinet Minister Hilary Benn.

Applying for money from Mr Benn’s 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.

Tony Newbery, 69, from North Wales, asked for further disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. The BBC’s resistance to revealing anything about its funding and the names of those present led to a protracted struggle in the Information Tribunal. The BBC has admitted it has spent more than £20,000 on barristers’ fees. However, the full cost of their legal battle is understood to be much higher.

Read it all, then go and visit Tony’s blog: Harmless Sky


  1. Simon Colwell says:

    You ask “I wonder how much of the same goes on at our own publicly funded broadcaster?” Applying the logic of the left, which pretty much covers global warming bed wetters, I think we’re entitled to surmise: A lot. Allow me to elaborate – when Murdoch’s newspapers were caught out phone hacking in the UK the Left in this country started frothing at the mouth, demanding an inquiry here and more media regulation, solely on the basis that if it happened there then it must also have happened here. Therefore, if this sort of thing is going on at the BBC then we are entitled to conclude, without evidence, that it also happens here.

  2. I read it all, no where did it say how much money that they personally make out of being on the CAGW bandwagon, I am sure myself that this CAGW con will be over soon, as time passes then their predictions just don’t happen, none of the predictions has happened, the world is not warming the way that they said that it is, the ice is not retreating, the ocean is not rising, world food is growing as good as it ever did in fact it is growing better than it ever did, all they have left is lies and fake photos and scary stories and this lack of action in their predictions made James Lovelock, the Gaia guru, recant, Their total plan seems to be to keep up the scare until their villa on the French Riviera is finished and paid for. The great Oceanographer Peter Garrett stands there and says that the World Ocean is going to rise 11 meters and it has not happened so can you please explain that Peter as it has not risen a single CM, Explain that is that is if you have some time while you get the band back together. N

  3. You can be sure that the same is happening here with the ABC, although it’s unlikely there’ll be any reporting of the BBC scandal on the ABC.

    By the way …. didn’t the ABC recently appoint an in-house BBC journalist Andrea Wills, to conduct some sort of bias audit? Perhaps after her white-wash here she can go back to the UK to investigate the BBC’s bias!

  4. “I wonder how much of the same goes on at our own publicly funded broadcaster?”

    Australian Climate Sceptics point to the Gillard government being “equally subversive.”

  5. The ABC is without doubt pushing the BBC agenda on this “Climate Change” scam.

    What is also worrying is the Commercial stations and Sky Channel are on the same track

    Sky and Ten are as Green as the ABC and Fairfax, and, defenders of Free Speech that they are, ban you when you dare criticize their their blatant bias, especially Sky Channel.

  6. Yes, conspiracy theories everywhere. One mob reckons the other lot are misleading us, then that other mob says the same about the first.

    To be honest, I sit in the middle and don’t really know who to believe.
    I think both sides are capable of spinning and misleading.

    Here’s 2 cartoons looking at it from both sides . . . .

    and . . . . . . .


    • cartoonmick, Ask yourself which side has to lie and cheat to get their message across.

    • Those who post their own cartoons to justify a debate, reveal their leanings.

      You are not in the middle, Mick.

      It is not a conspiracy because certain people have the same opinion.

      The Left DEMAND we accept their Socialist garbage.

      That’s the Conspiracy that the Left wants everybody to believe.

      • Now that is the truth about Socialism and left wing garbage, they are the ones who stifle debate, they are the ones who refuse to debate and attack anyone who does not agree with them, they are the ones who cannot come up with any real science to support their claims so they ruthless attack anyone who disagrees with them, they attack the person and not his argument, The Nazis were Socialists who did the same except they used more extreme methods to kill of their opposition, where is the rising of the seas? Where is the heat created by CAGW? Oh that’s right, it’s hidden in the deepest part of the World Ocean where it cannot be even measured. CAGW is the biggest con that has ever been played. N

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