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The unmentionables

The BBC's decision to part company with the Met Office has provoked a great deal of comment over the weekend (and a cartoon or two as well). Returning to my desk this morning I expected that the story would have run out of legs, but it has just been given a new lease of life via the Today programme.

I've attached the audio file below. Justin Webb was discussing possible reasons for the the BBC's decision and he mentioned that some people had suggested that this might have something to do with the Met Office's stance on climate change. Given that the BBC is now arguably rather more alarmist than the Met Office, however, this seems somewhat counterintuitive.

To be fair it was just a throwaway comment, the aural equivalent of clickbait, and at least one bottom feeder has swallowed it whole.

Stand back and admire, gentle readers, the majesty of a public-funded bureaucrat demanding that a public-funded journalist lose his job because he merely mentioned the existence of views that the bureaucrat found distasteful. What a shameful place the London School of Economics has become.

Today - Met Office BBC

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Reader Comments (53)

I can't help wondering when Prof. Hoskins last watched the BBC - about 1950?

Aug 25, 2015 at 3:27 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

I recommend the Norwegian weather service at, both as a phone app and web based. For any location in Europe, its two hourly chart is really good, probably because they make a better job of using national data than the domestic services.

Aug 25, 2015 at 8:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterChristian

Given the met office has got the forecast wrong here in Cornwall every day for the past ten days maube the BBC is commenting on performance

As I live in Cornwall and the met office is in exeter one would have thought simply looking out of the windows lthey would have got it right at least 50 pct of the time

Aug 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterStarfish

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