Met Office and the BBC

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Met Office and the BBC

Postby Mike Brown » 2015 Aug 23, 11:45

We have all heard the news by now that the Met Office has lost its contract with the BBC and will be replaced by a new provider in the not too distant future. For me it is a sad loss to broadcasting and the BBC. It would be interesting to see how much the BBC is saving with the new contract by dumping what is probably the best weather service in the world.
Has anyone any further insight into this announcement??

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Re: Met Office and the BBC

Postby Martin Rowley » 2015 Aug 23, 12:08

... I can't claim deep inside knowledge, but I heard from internal sources a few days ago that this was likely: indeed senior operational staff were forewarned three /weeks/ ago!

My understanding is that the issue is pure economics. As we all know from the ragged coverage of sport by the BBC, they've been forced to shave outlay due to the freezing of the licence fee.

It will be interesting to see what emerges.

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Re: Met Office and the BBC

Postby Darren Rogers » 2015 Aug 27, 22:28

Am I right in thinking that the BBC will be keeping the existing 'weather presenters', after all Ms Kirkwood is appearing in the next series of 'Strictly' and that those 'presenters' are Met'O staff?
So it will be a slight curiosity/oddity that MetO staff will be presenting another companies forecasts.
Also, aren't the graphics property of the MetO?
The BBC won't change those either, so in one way or another it looks like a mish-mash and quite possibly everything belongs to the MetO apart from the actual forecasts.
Also, I think I read that the MetO will still be providing them with weather warnings.
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Re: Met Office and the BBC

Postby Martin Rowley » 2015 Aug 28, 08:12

Darren Rogers wrote:Am I right in thinking that the BBC will be keeping the existing 'weather presenters', after all Ms Kirkwood is appearing in the next series of 'Strictly' and that those 'presenters' are Met'O staff?


... presenters, if they wish, could contract with a new provider: they could actually leave Met Office employ (freezing pension rights etc.) and negotiate terms direct with either the BBC or the new provider. BTW, I believe that Carol is the one (and only?) presenter directly contracted to the BBC - all the others being MO staff.

Also, shock horror, there's nothing written in stone that you actually need an in-vision presenter - at least all the time; one of the ways of saving money would be go go back to the 'old' days of having presenters only for the 'major junction' forecasts on the primary channels - and have fancy graphics and a script doing the rest: controversial, but the accountants would love it!

Darren Rogers wrote:Also, aren't the graphics property of the MetO?


... the graphics are provided / maintained by a private company - actually the commercial ('arms length') arm of the NZ Met Service! Only the 'driving' data is provided by the Met Office, and that could, of course, be provided by any company - much as many of the graphics scattered around the internet are driven by the likes of the GFS.
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