From: Martin Durkin
Sent: 25 April 2007 11:52
To: Bob Ward
Bob Ward and his mates say they do not wish to censor or to curtail free speech, but they call for the film to be banned. This is a contemptible, weasel-worded attempt to gag scientific criticism, and it won’t work.
I am flabbergasted that their excuse for suppressing the film is ‘adequate quality control’ when it comes to the reporting of science. Look at the mountains of absurd nonsense pedalled in the name of ‘man made climate change’. How many of these people complained when Hurricane Katrina was blamed on global warming? Or the Asian tsunami? Where were they then? For the record, I am an extremely experienced TV producer with a particularly strong track record in science documentaries (I blush as I write this). The film was commissioned by Dr Hamish Mykura, the head of specialist factual programming at Channel Four who happens to have a Ph.D. in environmental science.
24 April 2007
Dear Mr Durkin,
We are writing to object to plans by Wag TV to distribute DVD versions of the programme ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’, which was produced by your company.
The programme misrepresented both the scientific evidence and the interpretations of researchers that have been documented in the scientific literature when it was broadcast last month. Both Channel Four and Ofcom have received a number of complaints since the programme was first broadcast on 8 March 2007. Many of the objections to the content and style of the programme have received coverage in the UK national media.
A complaint from one of us (Bob Ward) is currently under consideration by both the broadcaster and Ofcom. It outlines seven major misrepresentations of both facts and views that occur in the programme, and claims a breach of Section 5.7 of the Broadcasting Code. A document describing the details of these seven misrepresentations, which has been submitted in support of the complaint, accompanies this letter.