Broadcasting: Weather Forecasts

House of Lords written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any restrictions preventing television channels from broadcasting in the United Kingdom weather forecasts that include the Republic of Ireland; and if so, whether they will ensure that weather forecasts broadcast in the United Kingdom are permitted to feature the weather for the Republic of Ireland.

Photo of Baroness Garden of Frognal Baroness Garden of Frognal Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

There are no requirements preventing licensed television channels from broadcasting in the United Kingdom weather forecasts that include the Republic of Ireland. This is an editorial decision for broadcasters to take.

In relation to the BBC, the Royal Charter provides that the BBC is to be independent in all matters concerning the content of its output and there are therefore no restrictions placed on the coverage of the weather forecasts which the BBC provides for licence payers within the UK.

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