The BBC is facing criticism for hypocrisy as a Panorama reporter, Richard Bilton, traveled 20,000 air miles to investigate climate change. The Telegraph has more.
London-based Richard Bilton travelled to Europe, the Middle East and the United States for an episode of BBC One’s Panorama in which he claimed “the world is saying one thing and doing another” on climate change.
Analysis by the Telegraph suggests that he could have racked up around 20,000 air miles, taking flights to Dubai, Alaska, California and Berlin for the programme, which was aired on November 13th.
At the most conservative estimate, this would have produced around 5.4 tonnes of CO₂ – more than the average person produces in a year and the equivalent to driving an average car for 18 months.
The air miles estimates are based on one scenario, which involved Mr. Bilton taking return flights from Berlin and Dubai back to London, and going from the U.K. to California and then onto Alaska before returning across the Atlantic. …
The BBC, which has pledged to reduce its operational greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by 2030, said all the flights were in economy class and were “required” for “on-the-ground reporting”.
But critics have pointed out that the corporation has local teams of reporters in each location, meaning the “one-man jolly” was “rank hypocrisy”. …
Dame Andrea Jenkyns, the Conservative MP for Morley and Outwood, said: “If the BBC feels it necessary to lecture the public about fossil fuels, they should practise what they preach first.
“BBC Panorama ought to do an episode on itself, namely how its reporter is globe-trotting on flights at the licence-fee-payers’ expense.”
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