To learn about science reporting in England, let’s transit to Australia!
Recommended reading and listening: BBC Trust Review of impartiality and accuracy of the BBC’s coverage of science. I found this report via a link on the ABC Science Show. Good thing the authors prepared a press release!
The ABC program also asks a critical question: if most scientists agree that 2+2 = 4, should ‘balanced’ reporting seek someone who maintains that 2+2 = 5?
From the report:
Given the importance of science in contemporary life, the sensitive ethical and social issues that it raises and the fact that the public looks primarily to the media for its science information, in 2010 the BBC Trust launched a review of the impartiality and accuracy of BBC science coverage. The review covered specialist and non-specialist science content on TV, radio and online. Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London, was commissioned to write his own independent report as part of the review. The Trust also asked the Science Communication Group at Imperial College London to carry out content analysis of relevant coverage over a three month period in 2009 and 2010. Having taken into account these reports, and the BBC Executive response, on 20 July 2011 the Trust published the results of its review.