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BBC Complaints

May 11, 2021

By Paul Homewood



Currently I have six complaints outstanding with the BBC, dating back to February:


  • Consistently biased reports by Harrabin re the Cumbria coal mine. Wall to wall anti-mine comments from Greenpeace etc, and virtually no pro-mine ones at all.
  • Claim that there were record numbers of wildfires and hurricanes in the US last year.
  • Claim that “the wealthiest 5% alone – the so-called “polluter elite” – contributed 37% of global emissions growth between 1990 and 2015"
  • Claim that Victoria Falls had dried up because of global heating, following the worst drought in a century
  • Implying that US tornadoes were getting stronger because of climate change
  • Claim that California rainfall and drought was becoming more extreme because of climate change

I have covered all of these issues in recent posts.

Needless to say, I will continue to harry them!

  1. Thomas Carr permalink
    May 11, 2021 4:57 pm

    Thank you very much indeed on all our behalves.

  2. Tim Page permalink
    May 11, 2021 5:00 pm

    Hear Hear ! Thanks for keeping up the fight for truth and transparency

  3. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    May 11, 2021 5:04 pm

    Thanks for swimming against the tide and the education you’ve given me along the way.
    More power to you sir !

  4. Lez permalink
    May 11, 2021 5:09 pm

    Thank you Paul.

  5. markl permalink
    May 11, 2021 5:12 pm

    Your involvement is appreciated. Hopefully one day (soon!) we can look upon this age of misinformation in the past.

  6. May 11, 2021 5:12 pm

    Bravo Sir, I admire your persistence.

  7. Broadlands permalink
    May 11, 2021 5:19 pm

    Good luck. I have many email questions to officials of all stripes (scientists, politicians, environmental media reporters) that remain unanswered, most not even acknowledged. What this tells me is that my questions may be too revealing and awkward to answer directly? I am currently awaiting a response from the EPA about HFCs in the atmosphere and their CO2 equivalents. These replacements in refrigeration for CFCs are now under further review by the Biden administration to limit or ban them.

    • bobn permalink
      May 11, 2021 5:28 pm

      Of course there still is no evidence that CFCs harmed the ozone layer. That was just a hypothesis based on correlation. That correlation no longer exists. The ozone hole around antarctica waxes and wanes annually in relation to the UV radiation from the sun. Sunlight creates O3 from O2 +O. Lack of sunlight in antarctic winter leads to lack of ozone. But the Ozone panic was never based on firm science. No evidence yet that CFCs have harmed the environment but no-ones bothered. There’s no ozone hole where CFCs are most concentrated.

      • Broadlands permalink
        May 11, 2021 8:27 pm

        bobn…That is correct about CFCs and stratospheric ozone. It is also correct that HFCs are measured in parts-per-trillion so it is unlikely that they could have had any significant effect on global temperatures since their industrial production beginning in the late 1980s. It is the CO2 equivalent of both that matters.

  8. Brian Blagden permalink
    May 11, 2021 5:20 pm

    Brilliant. Keep harrying them. I have 2 still waiting a second response (I wasn’t happy with their initial replies). – The first relates to wild fires in Scotland (claims made by the BBC are not supported by the SFRS recently published data); and the second to flooding in Scotland and in particular of St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney.

  9. bobn permalink
    May 11, 2021 5:21 pm

    The fact that you have had no reply shows they have no defence, can find nothing meaningful to say, and are guilty of rampant bias, distortion, propaganda and fakery as charged!

    • alexei permalink
      May 11, 2021 7:21 pm

      Or that they are submerged under such a pile of complaints (like the post office where I live) that they throw them in the bin…….. who’s to know?

    • May 11, 2021 7:22 pm

      As I indicated below they stopped replying to me completely. I did get one message to say they apologised for the delay in my receiving a reply saying that they were waiting for feedback from those concerned but that is the only response I have had in months and no there was no subsequent mail to that one.

      • May 11, 2021 7:32 pm

        I have had four such re: a single complaint – the story about the oceans running out of oxygen. The story itself dates back to December 2019. I will probably get another in a few weeks. I’m not going to the regulator because I’m interested to know where this all leads.

      • Jack permalink
        May 12, 2021 5:52 pm

        Good job you didn’t hold your breath then!

  10. subseaeng permalink
    May 11, 2021 6:04 pm

    Thanks Paul for doing this. One complaint I made went three rounds and I received a reply supposedly from Tim Davie. Needless to say my query was never answered properly. More power to you.

  11. May 11, 2021 6:08 pm

    I guess that complaints about their website are most worthwhile, because the content is long lasting, but the damage done by their real time output is almost totally irreversible.

    “Costing the Earth” today on R4 (about the wonderful electricity transition in the UK) was typical of their biased advocacy, either Green Blob voices, or punters who have been given low or zero cost renewable electricity, at tax or other bill payers expense, no sceptical voices at all. And, no mention at all of the environmental impact of renewables, which is what that programme is meant to be about.

    Maybe a complaint along those lines would be impossible for them to refute.

  12. David permalink
    May 11, 2021 6:28 pm

    Surely there must be some people in the BBC who wonder if the science is really “settled” The fact that the BBC never mention that there may be an opposite opinion let alone have a programme where a reasoned discussion could take place indicates that they are managed in a totally stalinist manner with hell to pay for any disenters.

  13. Ben Vorlich permalink
    May 11, 2021 7:03 pm

    There’s nothing to stop others making their own complaints to the BBC. I do make complaints and sometimes re-complain when there’s a standard we’re right and you’re wrong because experts say so reply

  14. May 11, 2021 7:18 pm

    The BBC have developed an interesting tactic. They stopped replying to my complaints regardless of whether or not I ticked the box requesting a response.

    Selectivity about what they consider we proles need to be fed and selectivity about how they deal with dissent to the party line. At least they are consistent.

  15. May 11, 2021 7:20 pm

    The public only see and hear what the BBC broadcast, they don’t see all our complaints which are just batted back with some stock response. Climate emergency is everywhere including fiction, e.g. the Archers which I have listened to since it began all those years ago. It’s compulsory now for climate change to be mentioned in almost every programme, no matter how irrelevant.

  16. Cheshire Red permalink
    May 11, 2021 7:31 pm

    There ought to be a time limit for these complaints.

    BBC know how to play the system and leave complainants hanging on. It’s not on!

  17. It doesn't add up... permalink
    May 11, 2021 8:39 pm

    I think we need to try a different tack. How about approaching GBNews to have them use stories here as a regular footnote to some of their programmes? It would clearly gain a very wide audience (some 45% of people polled said they might watch the channel), and probably be far more effective in holding the BBC to account in the process.

    It’s probably worth looking at their presenters and trying to work out which ones might do a good job and be interested enough to do so – and to try to get their interest while they are looking for ideas, rather than already immersed in day to day operations.

    • May 12, 2021 12:43 pm

      I do hope GBNews takes a more skeptical view of “climate change” and provides a counter to the out-and-out bilge from the other main stream media channels. We need someone to apply a brake to the run-away climate change juggernaut.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        May 12, 2021 2:50 pm

        I’ve noticed that Paul has managed to get some of his posts syndicated at a variety of other sites, including Conservativewoman WUWT, GWPF, and maybe some others. It’s definitely the way to go, and GBNews is a great opportunity. In turn it will attract readers to come here.

  18. C Lynch permalink
    May 11, 2021 8:46 pm

    As we say in Ireland – may the Saints preserve you Paul.

  19. Huw Thomas permalink
    May 11, 2021 8:46 pm

    I complained about the Harrabin campaign to ban the new coal mine in Cumbria. I rejected their bland reply and complained a second time. This was weeks ago and I have still not received a response. The BBC treats us with utter contempt. I maintain that we need a plan of action against this green tyranny.

  20. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 11, 2021 9:20 pm

    Unless you can get some big publicity/influential entity/people on board they will continue to spout rubbish and bat complaints away with impunity.

  21. dogdaisy2 permalink
    May 11, 2021 10:50 pm

    This is a job well worth doing. I hope that you have the patience and perseverance to maintain the effort. Well done.

  22. T Walker permalink
    May 11, 2021 11:04 pm

    Thank you Paul. More power to your pen, well keyboard.

  23. May 11, 2021 11:24 pm

    How about putting that list in an add in theTelegraph?

    • 2hmp permalink
      May 12, 2021 7:48 am

      Would make them sit up .

  24. GeorgeLet permalink
    May 12, 2021 2:55 am

    Thank you for standing up to the propaganda. I am happy to have put money in your tip jar.

  25. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    May 12, 2021 3:57 am

    O/T but I think news worthy if only because we may get to learn more about this cult.
    Extinction Rebellion co-founder arrested by British police for conspiracy to cause criminal damage and fraud after bank attacks.

  26. Luc Ozade permalink
    May 12, 2021 8:28 am

    Well done Paul. Please keep it up.

  27. Ian Miller permalink
    May 12, 2021 9:03 am

    I wrote to BEIS and got a letter back saying they would no longer answer any future correspondence, unless I provide additional information they have not already considered.

  28. Stephen burchell permalink
    May 12, 2021 9:21 am

    Brilliant job.Well done. I’m doing the occasional complaint but it’s like wading through treacle dealing with these idiots.

  29. Ian Wilson permalink
    May 12, 2021 9:49 am

    Keep up the good work! It’s time-consuming going through BBC bureaucracy.
    I am making a nuisance of myself tackling Farming Today about their almost daily references to the supposed “climate emergency” – probably wasting my time but who knows?

  30. Eoin Mc permalink
    May 12, 2021 9:57 am

    I’m afraid that there’s no prospect of the media, even the venerated BBC, returning to the days of yore and investigating issues objectively; rather than the naked editorialised, alarmist stance that the media has entrenched itself in. The irony for those of us that recognise such group sociopathy is that it is we who are trenchantly accused of being in denial when the opposite is the case.

  31. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 12, 2021 11:18 am

    The rot is so deep and incestuous, the climate scam is such a big web. Most of you know the history of Richard Black Senior Associate at the ECIU, there’s even more astounding admission in his published credentials now. Stories he promoted whilst at the BBC came from or were expertly commented on the the Grantham Institute fro example, and now the BBC uses its ex-employee as a climate expert to push climate propaganda such as ‘The Facts’!

  32. John189 permalink
    May 12, 2021 11:44 am

    I complained on 5 February about the Cumbrian mine coverage which I thought was particularly disgraceful as it was campaigning against local employment. I have had two promises to reply “as soon as we can”, but so far, zilch.

  33. Coeur de Lion permalink
    May 12, 2021 2:09 pm

    Chapter 10 of the Major Complaint of April 2016 dredgeable on this site described BBC complaints procedure as a mix of “shallow sophistry, ignorance and disdain”. (Ch 8 hammers Attenboro)

  34. May 12, 2021 2:11 pm

    THey just make it up to the 2006 agenda , then say that’s OK. No coldest ever temperature since records began in Rutland news this Spring. Blizzards in Texas anyone? There is no science done at the BBC, because there are no scientists. Never mind honest scientists.

  35. tom0mason permalink
    May 12, 2021 2:51 pm

    Why are UK householders coerced into paying for this useless, so called, Public Broadcaster when what they unapologetically offer is so often, factless, biased, opinionated drivel. Drivel that a significant number of public do not agree with.

    Why are households coerced in to paying for a complacent, tired, and unnecessary national broadcaster of little worth who propagates very bias news and views?
    Defund the BBC now!

    • devonblueboy permalink
      May 12, 2021 3:04 pm

      Hear hear

    • David Wild permalink
      May 12, 2021 4:43 pm

      All comments agreed with: the BBC is (well) beyond the pale

      The TV Tax is way past its Use-By Date and should be ceased asap, with the BBC privatised and the accumulated BBC archive operated by a government company (after all, we licence payers have paid for it over the years) and available to use for a fee

  36. May 12, 2021 6:51 pm

    James Dyson just got a formal apology after all BBC fakenews about him on April 21

  37. europeanonion permalink
    May 12, 2021 7:33 pm

    The government has just shoved £8 million the BBC’s way, money for them to counter false news stories and social media misinformation. So watch out Paul, they may use that against you or anything for that matter that does not agree with their truth. As good as saying if the BBC says it’s right then that must be so. It’s the end of the world as we know it.

  38. cookers52 permalink
    May 12, 2021 8:57 pm

    I still have running complaints about misleading News reports.

    The Whaley Bridge dam collapse ( blamed on climate change)

    David Shukman and his dangerous plastic particles in water bottles. The BBC wasted the time of WHO looking into this, it actually probably cost lives as some developing countries have to rely on bottled drinking water.

  39. Richard Greene permalink
    May 12, 2021 9:48 pm

    About 20 years ago I had a product development boss on loan from our English division for a year. We had to learn his English auto terms, such as bonnet, wings and boot. But the one thing we never figured out, is when he heard an engineer say something he didn’t believe, he’d say: “Is that true, or did you hear it on the BBC?”

    American engineers didn’t understand what he meant. When I visited him at work in England, an English engineer was telling him something, when he interrupted with the “BBC line” … and a room full of English engineers started laughing. That was 20 years ago — the BBC must be even worse now !

    Richard Greene
    Bingham Farms, Michigan

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