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BBC put presenter on a plane to interview Greta Thunberg

December 29, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

 

h/t oldbrew/Dennis Ambler

 

From the Guardian:

 

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Putting a presenter on a flight to Sweden to meet climate activist Greta Thunberg “felt awkward”, the editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme has admitted.

The 16-year-old campaigner, who was a guest editor on a special edition of the show, avoids air travel because of its environmental impact.

The BBC sent presenter Mishal Husain on a return flight to Stockholm to interview her.

Programme editor Sarah Sands told the Sunday Times: “We did discuss that among ourselves. It felt awkward but we did not have the time for trains or boats.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/28/bbc-put-presenter-on-a-plane-to-interview-greta-thunberg

 

Trains and boats (which in any case also use fossil fuels) take much longer than air travel! And that is precisely why we need to fly.

But there is a much more fundamental question – why did they need to send a team out to interview her anyway? Have they not heard of video calls? It’s not the emissions I care about, it’s the cost.

32 Comments
  1. JimW permalink
    December 29, 2019 10:56 am

    Surely the interview should be with her ‘handlers’ if there was any reason for it at all. She is just a puppet, if the BBC or anyone else don’t realise we all know that, then they are more stupid than I thought they were.

  2. Gerry, England permalink
    December 29, 2019 10:56 am

    It was cheering to read in the Mail that a survey reported that 2/3 of respondents thought that time was up for the TV licence. Not necessarily definitive but it might indicate support for Johnson’s plan to review it although much depends on how solid the charter to 2027 is as that is after another election – or more who knows these days.

  3. December 29, 2019 11:25 am

    I guess skype is too modern a technology for the BBC. But if the BBC used skype its staff wouldn’t be able to claim all those air miles.

  4. Phil O'Sophical permalink
    December 29, 2019 11:31 am

    I assume, in the interest of balance, they will be interviewing Naomi Seibt and having her guest edit a programme. Unlike Greta she is independent, self-educated on the climate scam, knows detail and doesn’t need a script.

  5. Dave Ward permalink
    December 29, 2019 11:55 am

    “Have they not heard of video calls?”

    Or why not get a locally based reporter to do the job? The Beeb must have contacts all over the world, so there’s no excuse for flying someone over from Blighty…

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      December 29, 2019 2:00 pm

      Why do you need a video call for a radio interview? Such interviews were regularly conducted over a plain old telephone line in the past.

  6. Joe Public permalink
    December 29, 2019 11:58 am

    Programme editor Sarah Sands told the Sunday Times: “We did discuss that among ourselves. It felt awkward but we did not have the time for trains or boats.”

    What a load of bollox.

    The Beeb would have discussed the PR stunt & got St Greta’s agreement well before the stunt was publicly announced.

    Over a month ago the Graun trumpeted the stunt:

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/23/greta-thunberg-to-guest-edit-bbc-radio-4s-today-programme

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      December 29, 2019 2:02 pm

      You don’t suppose that Mishal Hussain didn’t want to travel to Sweden by ferry and train over the Christmas/New Year period?

  7. Pancho Plail permalink
    December 29, 2019 12:42 pm

    Maddy Savage, former BBC journalist and now freelancer regularly does reports for the BBC. She is based in Stockholm and I believe Thunberg is based there also.

  8. Ian Vernon permalink
    December 29, 2019 12:43 pm

    The bigger question is why they think anyone is interested in a teenage know all.

  9. Jason permalink
    December 29, 2019 12:53 pm

    The far more fundamental question is why tge views of a manipulated 16 year old girl are important but not the views of any of the leafing scientists who have walked out of the IPCC in disgust.

    To my knowledge NOT ONE of their resignations was ever covered by the BBC’s overpaid jet-setting “environment correspondents” or their preposterously titled “Environment Analyst”.

    All of them act as propagandists for one side only in the single most contentious issue on earth.

    They shame the noble trade of journalism.

    Darah Sands and Mishal Hussein really should know better. As should Nick Robinson anf Justin Webb. It’s too late now for John Humphrys to redeem himself on this. Shocking.

    • Gamecock permalink
      December 29, 2019 1:40 pm

      “They shame the noble trade of journalism.”

      Wut? You must be a journalist to believe it a noble trade.

      • Jason permalink
        December 29, 2019 4:14 pm

        I am 🙂

  10. Jason permalink
    December 29, 2019 12:55 pm

    The far more fundamental question is why the views of a manipulated 16 year old girl are important but not the views of any of the leading scientists who have walked out of the IPCC in disgust.

    To my knowledge NOT ONE of their resignations was ever covered by the BBC’s overpaid jet-setting “environment correspondents” or their preposterously titled “Environment Analyst”.

    All of them act as propagandists for one side only in the single most contentious issue on earth.

    They shame the noble trade of journalism.

    Sarah Sands and Mishal Hussein really should know better. As should Nick Robinson and Justin Webb. It’s too late now for John Humphrys to redeem himself on this. Shocking.

    • Broadlands permalink
      December 29, 2019 1:25 pm

      Jason has it right. But, the media bias against climate-change skepticism is rampant everywhere. After all, the science is settled? Remove carbon fuels ASAP and that will stop all this traveling to interview puppets. It will save the planet. Stay home and eat your veggies. Watch the BBC’s “journalists” force-feed the truth. Shocking indeed.

  11. Harry Passfield permalink
    December 29, 2019 12:59 pm

    The pre-lim had to be face-to-face. That can be controlled and, more importantly, not recorded. If they had decided on Skype (down the line – whatever), it would have been recorded as a default and therefore have been open to discovery some day.
    They needed the f-t-f so that the handlers could go over the ‘script’ and protect their puppet from embarrassing questions. My bet is that the questions were vetted in advance and the answers scripted for Monday.

    If Mishal Hussein wants to call herself a journalist she should hang her head in shame – not for flying – for being party to such a scam. She, the BBC and those involved in the production are a disgrace to the profession. The likes of Donal McIntyre and Paul Foot must be embarrassed to share the name ‘journalist’ with her.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      December 29, 2019 2:04 pm

      I wonder if there was a hotline back to Harrabin?

    • Jason permalink
      December 29, 2019 4:15 pm

      All spot on.

  12. john cooknell permalink
    December 29, 2019 1:00 pm

    It is rubbish for the BBC to say no time for train. My colleague who was the projects manager for construction projects throughout Europe, for many years used to travel to all meetings by train. Because he was petrified of flying, and could not drive due to disabling health condition.

    He was nearly always there before me, I would be still fighting the Heathrow scrum, but he occasionally had long taxi rides, and if I drove I would pick him up and drop him off at a convenient station.

    So it can be done if you want to.

  13. Dick Goodwin permalink
    December 29, 2019 1:04 pm

    And in this all important interview the startling new piece of news she gave us was………..

  14. Harry Passfield permalink
    December 29, 2019 1:13 pm

    Further to my earlier comment, if I were Sarah Sands I would be horrified to think that my job as Editor could be done by a 16 year-old.

  15. A C Osborn permalink
    December 29, 2019 1:24 pm

    Come, come Paul, you should know by now that the cost is immaterial when you are “saving the world”.

    • Jason permalink
      December 29, 2019 4:17 pm

      ….and when the BBC is spending your money.

  16. December 29, 2019 3:11 pm

    I bet she doesn’t get an Andrew Neill ‘experience’ either. My guess is she’d have a major ‘car crash’ if someone had a real investigative interview with her rather than a BEEB exercise in sycophancy. Reading her background it appears she is being used by cult activist parents supported by conniving propagandists. Somebody should be bought to task for this child cruelty

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      December 29, 2019 3:57 pm

      Not so much ‘cult activists’ as self-enrichment activists. They know how to pad their money-belts.

  17. December 29, 2019 3:58 pm

    When I was 16, I really didn’t have much difficulty ‘avoiding’ air travel – getting an education really cut into my haranguing-adults-about-stuff-way-over-my-head time.

  18. Tonyb permalink
    December 29, 2019 4:03 pm

    Bear in mind that greta was directly responsible for three people flying over to man the return journey of the yacht that took her to new York for tye climate cnference and that two more flew back from that yacht. Also the latest hitch hike on a yacht meant a captain was flown over from Britain. So her stunt saved her carbon emissions but meant six additional ones were needed by her supposed carbon free team.

    In that context one set of plane journeys by the bbc seems modest although why they couldn’t use their Stockholm correspondent is mystifying

  19. dennisambler permalink
    December 29, 2019 6:41 pm

    She is an admirer of Tyndall’s extremely warm Kevin Anderson: https://www.facebook.com/gretathunbergsweden/posts/874217849612703?comment_id=874305062937315

    She posts a link to his blog: https://kevinanderson.info/blog/brief-response-to-the-uk-governments-net-zero-proposal/

    Anderson has had quite a lot of contact: https://manchesterclimatemonthly.net/2019/05/15/prof-kevin-anderson-on-gretathunberg-she-cuts-through-the-fluff-and-nonsense/

    “I’ve been quite involved to some extent with her and her family. They came to us later on when I was working in Sweden and she comes and asks me questions, science questions. That’s all. So it’s like working with a colleague here.”

    He is a visiting professor at Uppsala University
    http://www.web.cemus.se/march-30-public-talk-with-kevin-anderson-in-the-swedish-parliament/

    He travels to Sweden by train, takes him two days: https://twitter.com/KevinClimate/status/1178559060821647362

  20. johnbuk permalink
    December 29, 2019 8:27 pm

    I’m sure Bob Ward will be tweeting madly about Greta not being a climate scientist and therefore the BBC should not be listening to what she says. /sarc off

  21. December 29, 2019 10:38 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.press.

  22. It doesn't add up... permalink
    December 30, 2019 12:54 am

    Supposedly Greta was going to interview Attenborough in the flesh. I wonder what his transport arrangements are. Back of a walrus perhaps?

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