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August 31, 2009

Geographical correctness

British weather presenters live in fear of the L-word: London.

Although TV viewers have long suspected it, a forecaster finally admitted yesterday that they daren’t mention the capital for fear of getting a deluge of complaints about being London-centric. GMTV weather girl Clare Nasir said there was a lot of pressure not to focus too much on London, in case viewers elsewhere across Britain complain of favouritism.
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‘You could argue that city workers in offices don’t need to know the weather in the same way people who live off the land do, so perhaps we have got it right.’

The Mail’s Science Editor Michael Hanlon noticed the geographical correctness phenomenon last month, noting: ‘Scotland ( population five million) usually gets about the same amount of airtime as England (52million).’

And you could argue that given the weather programs are broadcast from London, some thought might be spared for her teeming hordes. If the Outer Hebrides feel excluded, they might consider paying for their own weather reporting or, better yet, save themselves the bother by looking out the window.

That goes triple for Nunavut.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 31, 2009 05:47 AM