Another view of Diane Coyle and her application to take over from Patten:
David Keighley: Europhile quango queen and climate change warrior. No wonder Dave wants her as BBC chief
One thing is certain about Ms Coyle if she does land the chairman’s role. She won’t be pressing for any significant changes in the BBC’s journalism. She has already declared:
“I’ve always valued the BBC, not least as the best provider of news coverage in the world. Its impartiality and comprehensive coverage underpin its vital civic role.”
Given that the BBC Trustees are supposed also to be watchdogs in terms of standards, that’s a terrifying expression of complacency.
There is also this:
Now I hadn’t seen Hastings’ comments from 2012 before but they make for interesting reading:
Climate change is 90 per cent likely to have been caused by humans. That was the conclusion of the influential Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007.
The BBC Trust, the body which is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the BBC’s programmes are impartial, and of which I am a member, recently asked eminent scientist Professor Steve Jones to take an independent view of the BBC’s science coverage.
Trouble is JOnes wasn’ that eminent…being comlpetely unable to get funding for nay project he admitted he was going nowhere…untitl the BBC saved him and gave him a job.
As for independent…he’s along term fanatical pro-climate change advocate.
Hardly impartial owing his living to the BBC and desperate to advance the cause.
She went on:
‘When something moves from opinion to well-established fact, viewers should be aware of this’
I’d be fascinated to hear what those well established facts are….where are the facts that prove it is man who is warming the climate?….not even the IPCC goes that far so unequivocally.
Ah here she goes:
‘A body of evidence – like that assessed by the IPCC report – changes how the BBC’s obligation to cover issues with ‘due impartiality’ is applied.’
Unfortunately the IPCC AR5 is not a body of evidence but a conflation of supposition, conjecture and wishful thinking…..
It admits it has no idea why there has been a pause in warming…you can assume from that it has no idea therefore how warming is caused.
Hastings has no doubt been suitably briefed by the relentlessly on message Roger Harrabin.