Well, first of all the NFU so no real surprise there, then Defra whose failure to secure robust science on the issue and similar blinkered approach and stance on the [In]action in the uplands to safeguard raptors and most noticably the Hen Harrier but now it’s the turn of the BBC?
As license fee payers it would seem entirely reasonable to expect a balanced view of any topic aired? Where there is robust science then it might be expected that this be put forward as part of any discussion?
The Ecologist’s headline Tall stories: BBC’s anti-science support for badger culling asks some awkward questions and these are then picked up by the Badger Trust who encourage members of the public to watch the first programme of the series Land of Hope and GloryLand of Hope and Glory to be broadcast this Friday (4 March) on BBC 2 at 9pm.
Poor brock: a scapegoat for poor bio-security or a villan?
The Badger Trust plan to write an open letter to the Director General of the BBC, Lord Hall, on Monday after the programme has been broadcast. They also invite their members, supporters and the public to join them in highlighting their concerns through social media, so if you share concerns then use the hashtag #bbcbias to deliver alternatives to the approach taken by the BBC. They will be sending out a list of tweets that can be used throughout the day.
It is a shame, if the early indications of bias by the BBC are true, because such acts of demonstrable and one sided bias simply serve to indicate that the Corporation are out of touch and knowledgeable viewers then see the ‘brand’ as unreliable? If it favours a particular group with bovine TB then where else has it failed in its reporting or investigations? A topical ‘discussion’ at the moment given the recent revelations documented in Dame Janet’s investigation? Equally of concern is that it does nothing to help the farmers case when people in possession of an understanding of the complexities and the science but who also have a love of badgers and of Somerset Brie? What wins?
So let’s all of us watch on Friday evening, Land of hope and glory? We can then decide for ourselves if the BBC offers balance or bias? We can then consider what next we might each do or not?
Remember that Hope was a Hen Harrier and ‘Inglorious’ an excellent expose, and a balanced one, of the ‘Conflicts in the uplands’ brought about by the management regimes designed to create habitat for Red Grouse. This management bias is to the detriment of some other wildlife and water management, in terms of quality for drinking and flood alleviation.