THE BBC re-edited an episode of Sir David Attenborough’s Africa series
to remove a disputed claim over climate change.
In the episode, broadcast on Wednesday, Sir David told viewers, “Some
parts of the continent have become 3.5C hotter in the past 20 years”,
but the BBC has since admitted that is “disputable”.
The line was removed from the repeat episode and the re-edited version
has replaced the original show on the iPlayer.
A BBC spokesman said: “There is widespread acknowledgement within thescientific community that the climate of Africa has been changing. Weaccept the detail is disputable and the commentary should have reflectedthat, therefore the line of commentary has been edited out of Sunday’srepeat and iPlayer version removed.”
It is not the first time Sir David’s award-winning natural history showshave run into trouble in recent years.
In 2011, the veteran broadcaster had to defend using footage in his
Frozen Planet series of a polar bear tending her newborn cubs that was
shot in a zoo.
The BBC denied misleading viewers over the footage and said the way it
had been captured was “clearly explained” in the programme website.
The footage, narrated by Sir David, was made in a German zoo and was
mixed with real wild scenes.