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BBC Uphold My African Penguin Complaint

March 14, 2019

By Paul Homewood



Following my complaint to the BBC on its news report claiming that African penguin populations were declining because of climate change, the BBC has now formally upheld the complaint, and logged it on the Complaints website:


  1. johnmirendagmailcom permalink
    March 14, 2019 11:07 am

    Bad news either way. Hope the penguins are able to come back some day soon.

  2. Rupert Wyndham permalink
    March 14, 2019 11:08 am

    Sadly it won’t deter these hucksters from further eggregious misreportage.

    • Ian Magness permalink
      March 14, 2019 11:16 am

      Rupert, that’s simply terrible!

  3. March 14, 2019 11:10 am

    Unless there is some sanction against the likes of McGrath and Harrabin, there will be no change and they will continue to tell us why we can trust the BBC.

    • A C Osborn permalink
      March 14, 2019 11:26 am

      There will be no sanctions because both of them are merely spouting the BBC’s position.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        March 14, 2019 1:09 pm

        It’s worse than that: they set the BBC’s position. Everyone else must follow their diktat, unless they get caught out peddling falsehoods.

  4. tim leeney permalink
    March 14, 2019 11:31 am

    A good result Paul. From the look of it you are beginning to wear them down.

  5. March 14, 2019 11:34 am

    Well done, but instead of tucking it away somewhere that no one will ever see, they should be made to report the correction on the News programmes it was originally broadcast on

  6. Malcolm Bell permalink
    March 14, 2019 11:43 am

    Well done Paul. Must be very gratifying.

  7. Jackington permalink
    March 14, 2019 12:14 pm

    Well spotted Paul. The BBC response confirms what you have been saying for years; their
    journalists do not check their facts before broadcasting.

  8. quaesoveritas permalink
    March 14, 2019 12:35 pm

    Congratulations, but it is a pity that you have had to waste your time to get a decision that should have been obvious to the BBC in the first place.
    Since nobody at the BBC appears to be checking facts it is left to “sceptics” to do that.
    You have done remarkably well to get such a response from the ECU, but I fear it will not be given the prominence of the original.
    The BBC should broadcast a retraction.

  9. March 14, 2019 12:51 pm

    <Journalists have again been made aware

    How many times is that now for the climate weasels?

  10. Orde Solomons permalink
    March 14, 2019 12:55 pm

    Have you heard the recent BBC radio4 series on ‘The Age of Denial’ presented by Isobel Hardman, (everyday this week at 13.45)? Naturally the first episode on Monday was about climate change.

    In almost sixty years of listening to R4, I have never hears such a poisonous, duplicitous and mendacious broadcast. I was outraged and disgusted.

  11. derek spence permalink
    March 14, 2019 1:32 pm

    congratulations and thank you DS

  12. March 14, 2019 1:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  13. Mark Winthrop permalink
    March 14, 2019 3:41 pm

    Writing as the spokesperson of the African Penguins I wish to take issue with Paul for now endangering our planned grant application for funding our proposed colony move to the University of East Anglia wetlands. We had just got the grant application through to the final approval stage under the tactically titled “How the threat of Global Warming to us African Penguins can be stopped”. We are currently in detailed discussions on our proposed contract with Ocado to deliver two tons of fish daily but they cannot guarantee supplies as our favourite feeding grounds have been overfished. The BBC complaints department ruling have now put this at risk.

  14. taylor361 permalink
    March 14, 2019 4:54 pm

    Well done Paul. Please continue to hold them to account.
    I notice more and more that BBC interviewers ask questions of climate ‘experts’ that actually contain the answer to the question.

    This happened on Today programme 14 Mar when the interviewer clearly led the climate change expert in nearly every question that was posed.

    The BBC is becoming ever more like 1984
    In its desire to sell its socialist dogma.

  15. Hugh Sharman permalink
    March 14, 2019 5:21 pm

    Congatulations again!

  16. Ajax Ornis permalink
    March 14, 2019 5:34 pm

    Very well done, PH. Continue to never let these morons get away with spouting garbage.

  17. March 14, 2019 6:52 pm

    Well done Paul, I am always impressed by your tenacity. FYI I recently cancelled the renewal of our licence fee so from June I anticipate much lower blood pressure!

  18. johnbuk permalink
    March 14, 2019 8:24 pm

    Well done Paul and many thanks. Frankly I don’t watch or listen to these charlatans as I found I was in a bad mood from the start of the day. Unfortunately my wife does watch TV for the dramas etc otherwise it would give me the greatest pleasure to throw the whole thing out of the window and tell the a…….s where they can put their licence request.

  19. March 15, 2019 12:25 am

    Paul : are you following the politicians trick of announcing the same good news twice ?
    Your DECEMBER 15, 2018 story
    … BBC’s Fake African Penguin Claim–Complaint Upheld

    I see the original BBC video is no longer available

  20. March 15, 2019 12:28 am

    Preston : Oh look BBC release a video report on Thursday
    … that acts as kind of advert for a stunt in Preston on Friday 15th the next day

  21. europeanonion permalink
    March 15, 2019 1:30 pm

    The problem is, of course, that only those dedicated to the topic will ever know what the BBC have done. Paul got a mention in The Times today along with his comment about the retraction (that it should broadcast rather than fiddled through in the manner it has been done). I met with all manner of obfuscation when I complained to the BBC recently. One of their clinchers is that they do not comment on information gleaned from the web. As we are all too well aware of the ignorance displayed by much of our press on the issue it leaves very few other avenues for people to exploit to bring mis-reportage and introspection to the view of the public.

    Very few scientists have platforms other than dense technical papers meant for their peers while the Internet not only provides niche technicality some space but also endeavours precis and evaluation for the common man, the browser. Science meets literary fancy.

    Global weather seems to be anything for the media that can be presented as a drama, while fact, analysis and diligence seem to be regarded as quackery.

  22. Jon Scott permalink
    March 15, 2019 5:31 pm

    Journos have again been made aware of the need to check their sources??????? That means they have been checked for this before.
    Are these guys for real? That is at best called imcompetence in any other field but in this one we know they are encouraged to promote anything no matter how whacky supporting the leftist myth.

    • quaesoveritas permalink
      March 15, 2019 7:27 pm

      The really annoying thing is that some of the information they put out doesn’t really need any checking. Some of it is so obviously wrong that anyone would dismiss it immediately.
      For example the report that “floods had increased by 15 times since 2005”.

  23. Arthur Clapham permalink
    March 16, 2019 5:10 pm

    I think Joseph Goebels would be pleased with the BBCs slanted and biased fake news! Many thanks for your tireless efforts to obtain the truth Paul.

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