Con una coraggiosa scelta controcorrente rispetto alla consuetudine – da noi di grande successo – di avere sempre il “contraddittorio” su qualunque argomento e dare dignità e cittadinanza alle opinioni più fesse e minoritarie, la BBC ha invitato gli autori dei suoi programmi a smettere di invitare freaks di vario genere a sostenere tesi alternative di nessun valore.
The BBC Trust on Thursday published a progress report into the corporation’s science coverage which was criticised in 2012 for giving too much air-time to critics who oppose non-contentious issues.
The report found that there was still an ‘over-rigid application of editorial guidelines on impartiality’ which sought to give the ‘other side’ of the argument, even if that viewpoint was widely dismissed.
Some 200 staff have already attended seminars and workshops and more will be invited on courses in the coming months to stop them giving ‘undue attention to marginal opinion.’
“Science coverage does not simply lie in reflecting a wide range of views but depends on the varying degree of prominence such views should be given.”