BBC says it 'should have challenged' climate scepticism from Lord Lawson on Today programme

The BBC has said that it “should have challenged” claims made by politician Lord Nigel Lawson contesting evidence about climate change.

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer made the claims during an interview on the Today programme in August.

Referring to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change he said there had been “no increase in extreme weather events” and that “mean global temperature has slightly declined” in the last years.

The statements were followed by complaints from some viewers.

According to the Guardian, a letter has now been issued by the BBC’s executive complaints unit that “now accepts the interview breached its guidelines on accuracy and impartiality”.

The publication quoted the letter stating that Lord Lawson’s statements “were, at the least, contestable and should have been challenged”.

A spokesperson for the broadcaster said that the latter comment referred to the content of Lord Lawson’s claims and added that there were other guests present on the programme that offered “different views”.

The Global Warming Policy Forum, a London-based campaign group chaired by Lord Lawson, later said on Twitter that his information was “erroneous”.

Picture: Reuters/Toby Melville

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