- Planet Relief
"Planet Relief" was a proposed
BBC television specialdealing with the issue of global warming, originally scheduled for broadcast in January 2008. The programme, which had been in development for 18 months, was meant to be similar to previous BBC programmes such as "Comic Relief" and " Sport Relief". However, it was cancelled before it was broadcast, allegedly because the BBC was concerned that it would be "biased" towards promoting responses based on acceptance of mainstream climate changescience.
The original idea for "Planet Relief" was to increase awareness of climate change. The show, unlike previous BBC specials such as "Comic Relief", was not planned to be a charity event, but to increase awareness, similar to "
Live Earth". It was mainly inspired by " Live 8", with "Planet Relief" seen as its climate change counterpart. The programme would have involved an electric power station being shut down for one night, for which the BBC had spent over a year negotiating,cite web|last=Black|first=Richard|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6979596.stm|title=BBC switches off climate special|publisher=BBC|date=2007-09-05|accessdate=2007-09-05] urging viewers "to turn off all unnecessary lights and electric gadgets for the evening." People reported to have been involved with the show included comedians Ricky Gervaisand Graham Norton, entertainment personality Jonathan Ross, the head of BBC comedy Jon Plowmanand environmental expert Matt Prescott.cite web|last=Nathan|first=Sara|url=http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2001320029-2007270686,00.html|title=Beeb show to save the world|publisher="The Sun"|date=2007-06-15|accessdate=2007-09-05]
The BBC scrapped the idea for "Planet Relief" on 5 September 2007.
Peter Barron, editor of " Newsnight" said, "It is absolutely not the BBC's job to save the planet." Peter Horrocks, head of BBC television news said, "It is not the BBC's job to lead opinion or proselytise on this or any other subject." There were also concerns that the power station shutdown "might overload parts of the [electricity distribution] network." [cite web|last=Haines|first=Lester|url=http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/09/05/climate_special_canned/|title=BBC cans Planet Relief special|publisher="The Register"|date=2007-09-05|accessdate=2007-09-10] The BBC did not, however, say that the show was cancelled due to bias, stating rather that, "The BBC is committed to programmes about climate change but after "Live Earth" what audiences say is they are looking for programmes of a documentary or factual nature to explain the complex subject." [cite web|last=Beckford|first=Mark|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2007/09/06/eabbc106.xml|title=BBC drops 'Planet Relief' plan to save world|publisher="Daily Telegraph"|date=2007-09-06|accessdate=2007-09-10] Right wingcommentators opposed the idea of "Planet Relief", including Keith Waterhousewho said in the " Daily Mail" before the show was cancelled that, "If the idea is still developing, we can only hope it gets lost in the darkroom. Heaven knows "Comic Relief" is puerile and patronising enough. Can you imagine what "Cosmic Relief"—in fact, they're toying with calling it "Planet Relief", on which note I can only warn readers of a nervous disposition to avoid any enterprise containing the word Planet—is going to be like?" [cite web|last=Waterhouse|first=Keith|authorlink=Keith Waterhouse|url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/columnists/columnists.html?in_article_id=478588&in_page_id=1772&in_author_id=255&in_a_source=&in_check=N|title=Comic Relief is bad enough, but plans for an environmental Planet Relief are no joke|publisher="Daily Mail"|date=2007-08-29|accessdate=2007-09-05]
Complaints about the programme also came from climate sceptics such as
Martin Durkin, who said, "The thing that disturbs me most is that the BBC has such a leviathan position … that if it decides that it is going to adopt climate change as a moral purpose, I have got a lot of trouble with that. I don't think it is the role of the BBC to spend my money on a moral purpose." [cite news | last = Wray | first = Richard | coauthors = Holmwood, Leigh | title = BBC news chiefs attack plans for climate change campaign | publisher = "The Guardian" | date = 2007-09-05 | url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2156728,00.html | accessdate = 2007-09-05]
For their part, climate change activists attacked the BBC for cancelling the programme. Author
Mark Lynassaid, "This decision shows a real poverty of understanding among senior BBC executives about the gravity of the situation we face. The only reason why this became an issue is that there is a small but vociferous group of climate 'sceptics' lobbying against taking action, so the BBC is behaving like a coward and refusing to take a more consistent stance."
Friends of the Earthexecutive director Tony Juniper, said, "This is a very disappointing decision considering the huge potential for the BBC in helping us more quickly make the shift toward a low-carbon society. The science of climate change is very clear and if approached in the right way taking up this very serious issue would not compromise the BBC' impartiality." [cite web|last=Sherwin|first=Adam|url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article2393266.ece|title=BBC scraps plans for day-long TV special on climate change|publisher="The Times"|date=2007-09-06|accessdate=2007-09-10]
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