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Daily Mail Scuppers BBC’s Wrong Shipping Forecast

by | 24th, November 2009

ship MORE on the Daily Mail’s war on the BBC. MacGuffin looks at a reaction to BBC Radio 4’s Shipping Forecast near disaster:

THIS morning, this particular story was third on the Mail’s website, suggesting that there are only two more important stories around.

Paul Revoir’s BBC apologises after broadcast of wrong shipping forecast leaves listeners all at sea reveals:

the BBC is in hot water after it broadcast the wrong shipping forecast and ended up frightening the nautical community with force 11 winds that had already passed.

‘Hot water’ ? So there was a Jan Moir-like flood of complaints? That’s what the Mail implies:

Members of the public feared that sailors were put at risk by the reports of extreme whether when the information was wrong.

Except, shock, that’s not quite accurate:

a member of the public complained to Radio 4’s own complaints show Feedback about the error.

So not ‘members’ but ‘member’ . Hmm. And it quotes this single complainer:

‘The entire transmission was a repeat from nearly 20 hours earlier. Was I the only sad person to spot it?’

Yes, apparently he was.

So did any ship get into trouble based on the old forecast? Did anything of note happen at all as a consequence? Errr, no. Because if the

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