Tom Chivers has a piece today in The Telegraph which argues that the BBC does not need to be balanced in the debate on climate change because the facts aren't balanced.
He makes reference to a meeting that the BBC held to review its editorial policy on this subject a few years ago.
In the comments below the piece, thefilthyengineer makes an excellent point regarding one of the attendees of this meeting:
Well they did include:
Jon Plowman, Head of Comedy.
And that's not a joke. I have the full list.
HEAD OF COMEDY!!!!!!??? What on EARTH was he doing at a meeting like this!!!???
YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP!!! I mean COME ON BBC, what the sweet Jesusing FUCK are you playing at!!? Having the head of a department so frivolous attend a meeting on something that is not directly related to comedy!??
What do you mean the BBC needs to have balance in comedy output too? What, programmes like "Have I Got News For You" and "The News Quiz" need to try and maintain balance in their guests and it would be a good idea for managers overseeing this process to be up to speed on and input into these policy decisions?
Ok, but LOOK AT THE COMEDY MAN ATTENDING THE CLIMATE CHANGE MEETING!!! I mean COME ON BBC! IT'S 'ELF 'N SAFETY GONE POLITICALLY MAD OR SOMETHING....