Incidentally to my research on the previous posting, I came upon the surprising fact that Roger Harrabin is a graduate in English.
I don't know about you, but I find it pretty gobsmacking that someone who is paid to interpret complex scientific papers and reports on our behalf doesn't actually have a flaming clue what any of it means. In fact take that back, he presumably doesn't read any of the papers at all because he is incapable of understanding them. He regurgitates press releases for a living.
It does rather explain the quality of some of his reporting though.
And what about the rest of the BBC's environment team?
- Margaret Gilmore was an environment correspondent until 2005. She studied English.
- Tom Fielden, science and environment correspondent - not sure what subject he studied, but it wasn't scientific.
- Richard Bilton, previously environment reporter - studied Communication.
- Matt McGrath and Julian Pettifer - I can find no record of them ever having been to university, although presumably they must have been.
So here's the challenge: can anyone find a BBC environment reporter with a scientific background?