BBC drops Planet Relief project

  • 6 September 2007

The BBC has gone cold on a climate change event after concerns were raised over the corporation’s objectivity.

The Planet Relief project planned to raise awareness about the effects of human behaviour on the environment and encourage viewers to do more to save energy.

Ricky Gervais and Jonathan Ross were even secured to host the show.

However 18 months into development it was ditched after senior executives complained the BBC should not be preaching to viewers.

Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, the editor of BBC 2’s Newsnight, Peter Barron said: “It is absolutely not the BBC’s job to save the planet. I think there are a lot of people who think that, but it must be stopped.”

A spokeswoman for the BBC denied the comments had anything to do with the decision, claiming the show had not yet been commissioned.

She added: “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.”

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