Scientists sign petition to BBC

19th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 September 2007, LEIDEN – Hundreds of Dutch and Belgian scientists have signed a petition calling on the BBC to prevent Dutch broadcasters from cutting parts out of BBC nature programmes. The campaign organised by two biologists was concluded on Wednesday and resulted in 379 signatures.

19 September 2007

LEIDEN – Hundreds of Dutch and Belgian scientists have signed a petition calling on the BBC to prevent Dutch broadcasters from cutting parts out of BBC nature programmes. The campaign organised by two biologists was concluded on Wednesday and resulted in 379 signatures.

The petition was started after evolutionary biologist Gerdien de Jong discovered that the Evangelical Broadcasting Organisation (EO) had changed or removed references to evolution theory in a BBC nature series.

The Dutch broadcaster did not air the last part of the ten-part series The Life of Mammals, which discusses anthropoids and man.

De Jong said it was "idiotic" that the BBC allowed its programmes to be cut. "They allow small changes in their documentaries but apparently they don't pay attention to the nature of these changes," said De Jong, herself a member of the Protestant Church. She drew up the petition together with Hans Roskam of the Biology Institute in Leiden.

The EO says that the British broadcaster knew that references to evolution theory were scrapped from the programme and that part ten was not aired.

EO director Henk Hagoort also says he finds De Jong's criticism incomprehensible. Whether the EO makes programmes or buys them in, the final word on the editing always lies with the EO and this is carried out in line with its own identity, as with any other broadcaster.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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