• March 5, 2016


I’m at it again plagiarising but sometimes the articles by Scottish blogger Paul Kavanagh are just too good to overlook.

Have you ever noticed the map of Scotland is too small on the BBC weather map? Take it from me it is and you would know that if you’ve ever driven the length and breadth of Scotland as I have on a number of occasions.

So is it a fiendish plot by the BBC to make Scotland smaller Paul Kavanagh’s says not. Here’s a snatch of the blog:

“For reasons best known to its metrocentric self, the BBC has chosen to use a non-standard map projection for its weather maps. This has the effect of making Scotland and the north look tiny and making London and the south look much larger than they really are. On the BBC weather map, the south of England is disproportionately large. This annoys some people who are convinced it’s part of a BBC plot to diminish Scotland. It’s not a plot. However the BBC weather map also annoys more reasonable people who are convinced that it was just some BBC graphics wheeze to represent a globe implemented by a corporation which didn’t give a toss that what they were doing was presenting a point of view to the rest of the country which privileged the south of England, and then calling themselves a national broadcaster. Symbols are important, you’d think that a media corporation ought to know that, and the BBC’s southern-centric weather map has become a symbol of the centrally controlled BBC’s London-centric attitudes.”

The cartographic distortion of Scotland aside, this was the piece in the article that had the most reasonance with me as it epitomises the BBC rip-off that we suffer in Mann sending millions to the UK annually and getting bugger all back:

“The BBC weather map isn’t very important in the cosmic scheme of things. It’s a symbol of the lack of consideration that the BBC has for the places that the news announcers call “where you are”. The BBC spends risible amounts on ‘regional’ broadcasting, and artificially boosts the amount which it does claim as spent on ‘the regions’. Network programmes are packaged as ‘regional’ and the BBC claims that this counts towards fulfilling their commitment to producing Scottish programming. That’s how shows like Waterloo Road, about an English school following an English curriculum full of English kids and English teachers, just happens to be set in Greenock.”

Paul’s full blog is here:


Pic: BBC Weather Map: Scotland’s been on a diet!


Issued by: The Celtic News



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