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BBC told that science fringies belong in the audience, not on the air
BBC told that science fringies belong in the audience, not on the air

The BBC is getting some grief, and some plaudits, for pledging to do what it’s supposed to do: evaluate the quality of what it puts on the air before it airs it. A deeply researched report from its governing body, the BBC Trust, says the BBC programmers should stop falling into the faux-equal-time trap, bringing in fringe figures to discuss substantive matters of science, such as climate change. The guidelines address what the report characterized as “over-rigid applications of editorial guidelines on impartiality” that have meant that BBC viewers and listeners have seen “undue attention to marginal opinion” in coverage. In other words, don’t keep putting the wingnuts in the virtual...

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