The Environment on TV – are broadcasters meeting the challenge?

Ritchie Cogan
Ritchie Cogan 27th October 2013

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This report looks at how television covers the environment, including key issues such as climate change and the weather, population, biodiversity loss, food and farming.

Our aim is to discover what works and what doesn’t and whether broadcasters could be more effective in engaging mainstream audiences. The focus is non-news output. The news provides small nuggets of information but the rest of television helps place these in a wider context and make them comprehensible.

Our findings are based on a quantitative study of all factual programming, drama and comedy on the main UK television channels over a 12 month period, and a series of interviews with TV commissioning editors, executives, independent producers, experts and NGOs.

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