Petition for clear, informative, detailed, BBC Weather forecasts

On Monday May the 16th 2005 the BBC changed the format of their TV and web weather forecasts. As part of this change the BBC no longer considered synoptics charts, wind velocities and weather front information a normal part of its TV forecasts. What information they did provide was presented hastily as a confusing mix of animated graphics on a muddy coloured, distorted map, that gave little space to show weather information for anywhere north of the midlands. The aim of this petition is to show the BBC that they grossly misunderstood the requirements of their viewers. The new forecasts disenfranchise those viewers who rely on accurate weather information for their businesses, sports and hobbies. They have also made some Scottish viewers think they are no longer important enough to be given equal billing with the Home Counties. This petition will be sent to the BBC and also to members of parliament so that they can bring pressure to bear on the BBC. Those who sign this petition agree that: We the undersigned require that the BBC return to providing clear detailed information in their weather forecasts, namely. 1. Show isobar charts including weather fronts and pressure readings. 2. Show numerical wind speeds and directions, even for winds less than 5mph. 3. Use a map where equal emphasis is given to the view of the whole of the UK. 4. Pace any animated forecasts slow enough so that the viewer can easily follow the moving images and changing time information. Due to server problems yesterday this petition has been extended to close at midnight on 30/05/2005. I\'m afraid you will need to provide name and address details as the idea is also to send the petition to parliament who require this information if a petition is to be considered valid. This may seem a bit over the top but there are two good reasons to do this: 1. If we get more than 300 signatures dotgovuk have to formulate a response, whilst the BBC can just bin it. 2. It is likely that the MP will have some influence over the beeb, at least more than just a bunch or normal viewers. Scottish MPs are already up in arms as the new BBC maps reduce Scotland to tiny proportions compared with the home counties.

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This partition was organised by Chris Jones, a disappointed viewer.

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