Media in the Time of Extinction and Climate Breakdown
On the 10 January he was still BBC Scotland’s ‘Environment Correspondent’.
On the 11 January he was still BBC Scotland’s ‘Environment Correspondent’. (click on the image to enlarge)
But by the 22 January he’d become BBC Scotland’s ‘Energy Correspondent’ 9 (click on the image to enlarge).
This may have something to do with Bella’s complaint that in light of catastrophic climate breakdown it was inappropriate to have a ‘Environment Correspondent’ talk about the “biggest potential” for oil companies in the North Sea.
Our story (10 January) seems to have triggered some changes at BBC Scotland News.
Kevin Keane’s News Editor Howard Simpson told Bella that “As Kevin covers all three briefs his byline is occasionally adapted in relation to the story.”
But this doesn’t seem to be the case.
Looking back over the past year he is always referred to as “BBC Scotland’s ‘Environment Correspondent” – no matter whether he is reporting on exciting new oil finds, vehicle tracks or derelict land.
Here’s some examples going back over many months:
Here (another enthusiastic oil report): “Oil flows from BP Clair Ridge development off Shetland”.
As you will see in every single one of those stories Kevin Keane is the Environment Correspondent.
It’s an impossible to task to cover Energy and Environment as if they are just neutral things in the news.
We are in the middle of a man made extinction event.
Public broadcasters and the media have a duty to respond with better than this.
In other news the New York Times reports that:
“Greenland’s enormous ice sheet is melting at such an accelerated rate that it may have reached a “tipping point,” and could become a major factor in sea-level rise around the world within two decades, scientists said in a study published on Monday.”