BBC: Serve the public: prioritise broadcasts on climate change and transmit promptly!

BBC: Serve the public: prioritise broadcasts on climate change and transmit promptly!

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Christine Essex started this petition to Ofcom and

Viewers believe the BBC should immediately broadcast coverage about events linked to climate change, prioritise it over other topics and give thorough information to viewers. 

This would acknowledge the gravity of climate change in an entirely appropriate way.

THE BBC IS NOT:
- giving priority to broadcasts about climate change - over other topics.
- immediately broadcasting information about climate change.
- fulfilling its charter and therefore failing to serve the British public.
- acknowledging the gravity of climate change in an appropriate way.


THESE ACTIONS ARE ESSENTIAL BECAUSE:

1.  PUBLIC SERVICE IS ESSENTIAL:  Climate change affects every aspect of our society: the provision of good health, nutritious food, clean air and water, reliable transport, safe leisure. Up-to-date information is essential for our physical and mental health!

2.  PUBLIC NEED HELP TO TRANSITION:  Communities and individuals need help and information to transition to a low carbon lifestyle (reducing CO2 emissions). Emissions can only be reduced when communities make huge changes to their lifestyles to make them more sustainable such as cycling rather than driving.

3.  BBC NEEDS TO LEAD THE CHANGE:  We need to understand the legislation required for a lifestyle change which can be communicated by the BBC.

4.  THE BBC IS FAILING TO SERVE THE BRITISH PUBLIC VIA ITS CHARTER:
The BBC is not informing the public about climate change, which is part of its Mission, as stated in its charter:

The Mission of the BBC is to act in the public interest, serving all audiences through the provision of impartial, high-quality and distinctive output and services which inform, educate and entertain.


The BBC is not fulfilling the following Articles:

Article 6 (1) : "To provide impartial news and information to help people understand and engage with the world around them: the BBC should provide duly accurate and impartial news, current affairs and factual programming to build people’s understanding of all parts of the United Kingdom and of the wider world. Its content should be provided to the highest editorial standards. It should offer a range and depth of analysis and content not widely available from other United Kingdom news providers, using the highest calibre presenters and journalists, and championing freedom of expression, so that all audiences can engage fully with major local, regional, national, United Kingdom and global issues and participate in the democratic process, at all levels, as active and informed citizens.

Article 16 (4) :  Value for money: procurement, projects and processes must be systematically evaluated and assessed to provide confidence about suitability, effectiveness, prudence, quality, value and avoidance of error and other waste, taking into account the wider public interest, not just that of the BBC itself.

Article 9 (1) :  The BBC must act in the public interest.

Article 20 (8): The Board must ensure compliance by the BBC with its obligations under this Charter, the Framework Agreement, the Operating Framework and the general law by, in particular ....

Article 45 General Duties:

(1)  The general duties of Ofcom in section 3 of the Communications Act 2003 (general duties of Ofcom) apply to the carrying out of their functions contained in this Charter and the Framework Agreement.

The general duties of Ofcom in section 3 of the Communications Act 2003 (general duties of Ofcom) apply to the carrying out of their functions contained in this Charter and the Framework Agreement.

Ofcom must have regard, in carrying out their functions, to such of the following as appear to them to be relevant in the circumstances—

(a)  the object of the BBC to fulfil its Mission and promote the Public Purposes;
(b)  the desirability of protecting fair and effective competition in the United
Kingdom;
(c)  the requirement for the BBC to comply with its duties under the Charter,
including its general duties (set out in articles 9 - 18).

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