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Charles Moore Accuses BBC Of Climate Bias

December 28, 2019

By Paul Homewood


Charles Moore, who was today’s guest editor for BBC’s Today programme, accuses them of bias over climate change:


The BBC’s Today programme “preaches” to its listeners, its guest editor and Telegraph columnist Charles Moore has said as he described how he had to battle to get a climate change skeptic onto the Radio 4 show.

Mr Moore, who edited Saturday’s edition of the flagship show, accused the BBC of being “biased” on climate change and promoting “alarmism” about its consequences. 

The former editor of the Telegraph said he also faced “obstacles” from within the corporation to getting science writer Lord Matthew Ridley onto the show.

The Conservative peer has argued that the risks of climate change are “greatly exaggerated” and that the BBC regularly gives airtime to “doomsday cultists” who make dire predictions about imminent catastrophe.

The accusations were made ahead of the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg taking the Today programme’s guest editor chair on Monday.

Greta Thunberg addressing climate protesters in Washington in September

Greta Thunberg addressing climate protesters in Washington in September Credit:  Sarah Silbiger


Speaking on the programme yesterday, Mr Moore said the BBC had become a “secular church” which had “nationalised culture” and needed to be “disestablished”.

“What I am objecting to is preaching,” he said. “The BBC has decided to be a secular church and it preaches and tells us what we ought to think about things. So it tells us we shouldn’t support Brexit and we should accept climate change alarmism and we have to all kowtow to the doctrines of diversity.”

“You have people who are effectively doomsday cultists now who say we are going to have six billion people dead in a few short decades – that is Roger Hallem of Extinction Rebellion,” added Lord Ridley. 

“Or Kevin Anderson, on whom Greta Thunberg relies heavily and he says we are going to see [a] 4C [increase] by 2050.

“No responsible scientist agrees with that, and yet those people are given a hearing on

the BBC whereas the luke-warmers are denied a place on the BBC.”

Mr Moore added: “The difficulty I have had trying to get all this stuff about climate change onto this programme, even though I am the guest editor.

“[The] obstacles come in every single time because of rulings and bureaucracy and the fact that Roger Harabin, the environment editor, is so biased.”

Today host, Nick Robinson, defended his colleague Mr Harrabin saying he was “a journalist” who “reports what he thinks is true”.

Mr Robinson also said that the corporation’s coverage was governed by "Ofcom regulations and the law" and that it reported the "global consensus" on climate science, denying it preached a certain position.

Responding to an accusation the BBC told people not to eat meat to help climate change, the anchor added: "We report people who say you shouldn’t eat meat and we interview people who say you should. We are not telling people to do anything."

During the programme, Lord Ridley appeared for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, which describes itself as ‘open-minded on the contested science of global warming’, and argued that climate change could lead to a “range of outcomes”.

He warned the BBC had allowed itself to be “bullied” by climate activists into “dividing [the debate] into goodies who accept climate change and baddies who don’t”.

“You have people who are effectively doomsday cultists now who say we are going to have six billion people dead in a few short decades – that is Roger Hallem of Extinction Rebellion,” added Lord Ridley. 

“Or Kevin Anderson, on whom Greta Thunberg relies heavily and he says we are going to see [a] 4C [increase] by 2050.

“No responsible scientist agrees with that, and yet those people are given a hearing on the BBC whereas the luke-warmers are denied a place on the BBC.”

I can’t wait see what drivel the BBC put on for Greta’s slot!

  1. December 28, 2019 5:26 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate-

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      December 28, 2019 9:17 pm


      • Philip Verslues permalink
        December 29, 2019 7:13 pm

        Learn a new word Adam, now find out what it actually means. Merry Christmas.

      • HotScot permalink
        December 31, 2019 9:35 am

        In your desperation to find an insult to hurl you incorrectly use the term “Plagiarist”.

        Not if it’s attributed.

        Finish your secondary school education and come back when you’re all growed up, innit.

  2. tonyb permalink
    December 28, 2019 5:37 pm

    Yes, the Charles Moore programme was good but I am sure we are all eagerly waiting to hear St Greta on Monday

    Did anyone listen to the BBC Radio Programme ‘Crossing continents’ on Radio 4 Thursday?. It was about the shrinking Icelandic glaciers onto which a plaque has been put expressing sorrow that one particular glacier will expire, probably next year.

    It was interesting enough, especially if you have been there as I have but most interesting of all was the comment by the Rekyavik Museum curator who said ‘ of course when the Icelanders first arrived here in the 9th century the glaciers were much smaller than today’

    Now that would surely be the cue for the interviewer to seize on the comment and ask for more comparisons, but no, she didn’t say a word about it during the rest of the programme

    • John189 permalink
      December 28, 2019 6:13 pm

      The BBC even featured a Climate Change question on their Christmas University Challenge quiz programme; something on the lines of: “Where is there a plaque on land laid bare by a glacier that has retreated due to climate change?”. I could stomach no more!

      • Stonyground permalink
        December 28, 2019 6:52 pm

        Are we talking about the one in Iceland or the one in the US that stated that the glaciers would be gone by 2020 that had to be removed due to the doomed glaciers still being there?

  3. Luc Ozade permalink
    December 28, 2019 6:13 pm

    Thanks for reporting this Paul. My wife heard the programme (I wasn’t awake!) but she was full of it by the time I surfaced. At last a bit of good news to end the old year on and maybe…. some good news to begin the new decade? Small steps but very noteworthy.

    If the BBC were to be flooded with compliments for airing such a ‘controversial’ (to them) programme, perhaps that wouldn’t be such a bad idea?

  4. Stonyground permalink
    December 28, 2019 6:47 pm

    I’m hoping that the St. Greta experiment turns into a complete and utter train wreck. I mean, it really will be a case of the blind leading the blind. I’m slightly baffled by the accusations that the BBC is secular. They still have Thought for the day and a department of religion and more religion.

  5. December 28, 2019 6:59 pm

    We’ll know the BBC has changed when they interview someone who says even the lukewarmers have got it wrong about the climate 😎

  6. GeoffB permalink
    December 28, 2019 7:02 pm

    I suppose its some sort of progress…but Sir David King told some absolute porkies on arctic ice and Diesel cars and was unchallenged by Robinson. It would have been great if King and Ridley had gone head to head. Looking forward to Greta.. she cannot string a sentence together…thick as a plank.

    • December 28, 2019 9:36 pm

      “Greta.. she cannot string a sentence together.”

      ‘How dare you’ …
      she can read script (although the well rehearsed death stares will be lost on radio ! ) & will not be asked any awkward questions.

      “…thick as a plank”

      Well, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, IMDb & Various Online resources, Greta Thunberg’s net worth is $49 Million at the age of 16 years old.
      She’ earned the money’ being a professional Activist… & doesn’t even pay travel expenses.
      “…thick as a plank”… I doubt it.

      How much did you make in the last 18mths ???

    • bobn permalink
      December 29, 2019 12:01 am

      It will all be scripted for her. I’m sure Harribin and co have designed and edited the programme and she is busy rehersing the scripts they have given her.

  7. alexei permalink
    December 28, 2019 7:06 pm

    ‘We are living in a Christian land’ declared one of the founding figures of the BBC when it was launched in 1922.

    The BBC first appointed a Muslim, Aaqil Ahmed, as head of its department of religion in 2009 and in 2017, appointed a second Muslim executive, Fatima Salaria, to be in charge of religious television programming.

    This is where Britain is heading and the BBC seems to see its role as showing the great unwashed the way it has to go – and think.

  8. Brian S. permalink
    December 28, 2019 7:39 pm

    I suspect that the audience for the Saturday edition of Radio 4’s Today programme is significantly smaller that that for a Monday edition. Not surprising then that the deck was stacked against Charles Moore’s programme getting a good airing, Nick Robinson spends more time defending his and the BBC’s position on a variety of subjects than he does in allowing guests to answer questions !

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    December 28, 2019 8:47 pm

    Radio 5 Live is the hornet’s nest of climate nonsense. Last night/morning was some Christian Aid women given free reign to say just about every weather event in 2019 was due to climate change. I assume it was related to this.

    She justified the cost of tackling climate change by citing the old Stern Report and said other weather incidents raised by the compliant host did not meet her ‘scientific threshold'(!!!) but were still climate change because the World Weather Attribution people had said so.

    I’ve never counted, but I think climate change gets a plug at least 10-20 times every night.

    Yer turn it off……….

  10. 3x2 permalink
    December 28, 2019 9:48 pm


    • F. Leghorn permalink
      December 29, 2019 7:56 pm

      We need the three bears, desperately.

  11. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    December 28, 2019 10:02 pm

    See this section in Moore’s Wikipedia entry:
    Moore is a vehement critic of the BBC, …

    The Brits could use a few more like this fellow.
    He must have a good retirement in place.
    And why hasn’t he been silenced long ago?

    • grammarschoolman permalink
      December 29, 2019 8:59 am

      I think his pension plan is his biography of Mrs Thatcher.

    • Broadlands permalink
      December 29, 2019 2:05 pm

      If he were to become a AAAS member and criticized them, his membership could be canceled? Even a letter to the editors of SCIENCE would not be published. The AAAS stance on climate change is adamant. They have a very strong position to support:

  12. December 28, 2019 10:29 pm

    This very thing – blatant media bias – has been going on for many years. What do I say – decades? There is no healthy debate on anything Climate Change. If you don’t subscribe to the most absurd and extreme positions you are a denier and must be treated at the same level as Holocaust deniers. I will take it on the chin if this is private media financed by those that want to watch it. But BBC gets money from those that don’t ever watch or otherwise use it. They have a duty to be fair and unbiased. Ain’t that a target for Boris?

  13. thomas Carr permalink
    December 28, 2019 10:44 pm

    Charles Moore is no lightweight and takes a low key approach to dealing with his critics. Any attempt to silence him would be counter productive. See Wikipedia if you want to read about his life thus far. He makes few friends at the BBC as he thinks that the licence fee now amounts to a poll tax as so many alternative broadcasters, Netflix etc offer choice — of a sort.

  14. Athelstan. permalink
    December 28, 2019 11:19 pm

    OK, but so what, on toady – a child invited in, whom has the greatest difficulty with discerning truth from fiction and utters English as a second language. Very much to me, it sounds like the propagandized verbose excreta, UK listeners have to endure – EVERYDAY.

    Btw, Charles Moore, we salute you!

  15. It doesn't add up... permalink
    December 29, 2019 1:45 am

    Harrabin proves he isn’t biassed by retweeting approving comments from:-

    Simon Lewis – Author, The Human Planet. Professor of Global Change Science UCL and Leeds
    John Vidal – He was for many years the Guardian’s environment editor
    Joe Smith – yes, that Joe Smith, formerly prof at the OU, who collaborated with Harrabin in 28gate
    Bob Ward – Grantham Institute
    Peter Bale – Journalist

    Does anyone not detect a bias here?

  16. Streetcred permalink
    December 29, 2019 2:57 am

    Today host, Nick Robinson, defended his colleague Mr Harrabin saying he was “a journalist” who “reports what he thinks is true”.

    Just because “what he thinks is true” does not make it so. Fundamental research would quickly dispel his thoughtless journalism.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      December 29, 2019 10:28 am

      But it’s not up to him!

      And once again, can somebody – everybody – remind the BBC that science is science, and what we do with science is politics.

      Just because science says it may get warmer dies not mean we automatically must do something about that. Silencing sceptics is silencing different political views now.

      Maybe we should challenge the BBC in court on this?

  17. M E permalink
    December 29, 2019 4:37 am

    Thinking something is true does not make it true. If all the people in world think something is true it has no bearing on the actual truth. Mr Harabin must have been taught that at secondary school.

    • Eddie P permalink
      December 29, 2019 6:10 am

      There is the story about a young boy who asked an old man, “What is the truth?” After a long pause the man replied, “The truth, my son, is whatever you want it to be.”

      To apply this wisdom it may be said that the climate emergency exists for a given definition of both climate and emergency.

  18. M E permalink
    December 29, 2019 5:12 am

    I meant to add is that you can hear about BBC bias on Youtube at
    So What You’re saying is’ hosted by Peter Whittle who has interviewed people who were previously working for The BBC. also known as The New Culture Forum

  19. BigGuy permalink
    December 29, 2019 6:50 am

    The BBC have a policy of not allowing any debate on climate science as it is too important to allow any consideration of a contra view. Deniers comments, including mine, are delete by the moderators. The science correspondent recently reported from Greenland, and only covered areas where glaciers had receded. No mention was made of the Jakobshaven (the largest Greenland glacier) increasing in size over the last few years, or Petermann glacier extending 7 kilometres in 7 years in the north. Or the massive SMB gains of the previous few years. It’s not science, it is a religious belief.

  20. December 29, 2019 10:32 am

    BBC trips over its own climate PC-ness…

    Awkward: BBC Crew Flew to Interview Climate Brat Greta Thunberg
    December 28, 2019

  21. December 29, 2019 1:14 pm

    If the BBC is not biased why does it not focus on the extreme cold weather events in Canada, USA and Northern Europe / Asia as it does for hot weather. Record low temperatures were recorded in US states being lowered many times in October – no mention on the BBC. The BBC did mention the many bush fires in US West – now proven your be set by an arsonist.

  22. December 29, 2019 2:18 pm

    I’m still waiting for a response to my complaint to them 3 weeks ago re: “Oceans running out of oxygen, say scientists”, with “A warmer world means oceans are able to hold less dissolved oxygen, which is bad news for many fish.” And then, within the body of the article, sommat like “oxygen levels have already declined by 40% in parts of the tropical oceans”.

    A couple of days ago (Beeb news channel) they had a report from ?Seychelles? – some warm, low-lying island paradise anyway – in which the reporter stated that 50% of coral reefs had been killed by climate change and that the remainder were expected to die by 2050. It was about artificially seeding new coral in damaged reefs.

    Did I complain about this tosh? No. I suspect that many of us have complained at times but have reached a level of complaint fatigue, believing our actions useless, that beeb staff label us as “deniers” and our points are simply dismissed out of hand.

    I noted that Nick Robinson did not use the d word when interviewing Moore, calling him instead a “sceptic.” Yet earlier when interviewing Kelly, he used “denier” to refer to members of GWPF.

  23. Harry Passfield permalink
    December 29, 2019 4:32 pm

    There’s a thing. According to Breitbart: “Former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has landed on his feet and secured a new role as U.N. special envoy for global climate action.

    Carney was hand-picked by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres for the job.”

    They really know how to look after their own….

  24. Coeur de Lion permalink
    December 29, 2019 5:25 pm

    See Andrew Montford’s The Propaganda Bureau for a description of Harrabin’s conspiracy which laid down the deny the deniers policy to be BBC high ups and Greenpeace et al. Thousands spent on barristers fighting FOI enquiries. 2009 I think.

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