BBC weather is severe disappointment which sacrifices UK for Europe veteran forecaster

first_imgWeather forecast in 2010 Bill Giles, the forecaster Bill Giles, the forecaster Previously, weather graphics were provided by Metra Weather. They are now produced by the BBC and Meteogroup.A spokesman for the BBC said: “BBC Weather has a more realistic map which presenters can customise by adding different layers of data to tell the most relevant weather story, as well as zooming in to areas of interest to give a more detailed forecast.”Towns and city names on the maps are a reference point for audiences and we will aim to ensure that most locations are represented over a period of time.”In addition, the temperature colours are now accessible for colour blindness, unlike the suggested blocks of colour by Mr Giles.”Before the launch of the new services we talked to audiences at length to pinpoint the best possible improvements and we are confident that overall people will appreciate the new features.” “Specifically, the BBC’s new weather forecasts, which I have to say, are as disappointing as a downpour in high summer.“If a weather forecast is supposed to give you a clear idea of what might be in store tomorrow, then the new weather maps, with their state-of- the-art graphics, are a severe disappointment.”Spelling out the difficulties he had experience, he said: “For a start the UK map appears a lot smaller on screen now.“You may be able to see much further east into Europe (almost to Stockholm, in fact), but if you want to know what is going on in, say, Southampton, near where I live, then you have your work cut out.”He added that while some people liked the background colour, he found it “impossible to detect” the difference between cloud and sunshine on screen and does not “for the life of me” understand why night time images have lights on. Low temperatures shown with a blue line Weather forecast in 2010 Low temperatures shown with a blue line Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The habit of highlighting sub zero temperatures with a thin blue line underneath would leave viewers “staring very hard at the screen” to decipher, he said.Regional broadcasts can be even worse, he added, with the old weather maps “better” and “more fit for purpose”.Advising viewers to tune in to Channel 5 instead, praising its “clear graphics”, Giles told the magazine: “Has the BBC’s move away from the Met Office to an independent company ‘to secure the best value for money for the licence payers’ been a success? “I think not.“However, the long-range outlook for BBC viewers need not be gloomy. If you want to see what the weather has in store, try watching the other side instead.” The BBC’s new weather forecasts are “severe disappointment” which diminish the size of Britain to show more of Europe, veteran broadcaster Bill Giles has said.Giles, the meteorologist who led the BBC weather team for 17 years until his retirement in 2000, said the new-look weather forecasts at the corporation are “as disappointing as a downpour in high summer”.Advising viewers to change channels, he has laid out a litany of problems from on-screen background to confusing temperature displays, saying the changes were not a good use of licence fee-payers’ money.Earlier this year, the BBC launched a “new modern look” for its weather services, as it entered a new deal with MeteoGroup instead of the Met Office it had worked with for 95 years.Delivering his verdict on the changes, in Radio Times magazine, veteran broadcaster Bill Giles said: “What has happened to our weather?“It’s not the first time someone has asked me – but this query was more pressing because the weather in question was the weather on the television.last_img read more

Angelina Jolie hints at move into politics

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAngelina Jolie urges world powers to do more for Syrian refugeesMarch 15, 2016In “World”Caribbean News Round-upOctober 25, 2015In “Regional”Former PNC Member slams leadership of APNU; says Granger is “young” in politicsJuly 7, 2014In “Politics” Hollywood film star and UN evoy, Angelina Jolie(BBC) Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has hinted that she is considering a move into politics in the future.In an interview on the BBC’s Today programme, she said she would have dismissed this 20 years ago but would now go where she was needed.Jolie, who is a special envoy to the UN Refugee Agency, was the guest editor of the Today programme on Friday.She is an active campaigner on a range of issues, including refugees, sexual violence and conservation.In a wide-ranging interview with presenter Justin Webb, she discussed US politics, social media, sexual violence and the global refugee crisis.When asked whether she would consider getting involved in politics, she said: “If you asked me 20 years ago, I would’ve laughed… I always say I’ll go where I’m needed, I don’t know if I’m fit for politics… but then I’ve also joked that I don’t know if I have a skeleton left in my closet”.“I’m also able to work with governments and I’m also able to work with militaries, and so I sit in a very interesting place of being able to get a lot done.”She added that “for now”, she would stay quiet.When Webb suggested that meant she could be on the list of 30 to 40 Democrats running for the party’s presidential nomination, she did not say no, replying “thank you”.Jolie is one of a range of guest editors, including David Dimbleby and Martha Lane Fox, who are taking charge of the programme between 22 December to 1 January.She also discussed the difficulties of monitoring her children’s social media activities, highlighting that like “most parents”, she cannot control everything they are exposed to.“There are certain realities to teenagers and also our generation doesn’t understand half of what they are doing with their tech so they can get around us pretty easy”, she said.She added that none of her children have asked to join Facebook, and she herself is not a member.“We’re the last family that hasn’t gone on Facebook!” she said.Jolie is also working with the BBC on a new weekly children’s news programme, Our World, which will be piloted in the new year.She will serve as executive producer on the show, aimed at seven to 12-year-olds, which hopes to engage children with international news, focusing on subjects like tech, the environment and social media.“As a mother, I’m so happy I will be able to sit and watch with my children and know they’re getting a real international sense of the world,” she said. read more