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Met Office loses BBC forecasting contract

(August 2015)

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FL
flaziola
What about this World Meteorological Organisation that BBC World News use, could they take over domestic duties ?
RK
Rkolsen
Why couldn't the BBC hire their own meteorologists?
SC
scottishtv Founding member
Exactly the sort of headline I expect to see from the Daily Mail

Indeed! I forgot the Mail was such a fan and staunch defender of the Met Office, what with headlines like:


- THAT promise of a 'barbecue summer', how did the Met Office get it so wrong?
- After those 'BBQ summer' and 'mild winter' fiascos the Met Office admits defeat
- Met Office knew big freeze was coming but hushed it up
- It's raining money! Met Office staff given £20.8m in bonuses
- Could Met Office have been more wrong? Told councils winter will be drier than normal!
- Met Office workers to strike as storms batter the country

Eugh.
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MD
mdtauk
Why couldn't the BBC hire their own meteorologists?

And set up weather stations, with large computers crunching the numbers to do predictive analasys, with access to satellite imagery and data...
BR
bristoliandude
The BBC are idiots.
JO
Jon
Insightful commentary there.
TW
tweedledum
The BBC are idiots.
Really, though? I trust that quality will not be compromised in any way, and if they can get away with doing it cheaper - why not?

While it is a shame that the long running partnership is coming to an end, if they save money, good on them I say!
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RK
Rkolsen
Why couldn't the BBC hire their own meteorologists?

And set up weather stations, with large computers crunching the numbers to do predictive analasys, with access to satellite imagery and data...


Yes, but it's not like the new service providers would set up their own weather stations and crunch their own numbers. Most likely they'll buy access (or get it for free) to the data from the met office and go from there.

In the US the stations hire their own meteorologists and the software that they use to broadcast takes all that data for the local meteorologists to make their own forecasts (or follow the NWS). Some software services like WSI create their own models based on the Data provided by NWS and others like AccuWeather have premade forecasts where the station can take slides and forecasts verbatim.
WH
Whataday Founding member
I don't think it's ever been clear who works for the Met Office and who works for the BBC, and how it works together, or indeed how it works on ITV either.


Didn't it used to state after the presenter's name at the start of the bulletin.

For example:

"Helen Young
Met Office"

EDIT: Sorry, it seems that was an ITV thing, rather than BBC.

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Last edited by Whataday on 24 August 2015 11:31pm
DE
deejay
There was though I think a difference between a Met Office Presenter and a Forecaster (or Meterologist).

10 days later

LL
London Lite Founding member
In the current edition of Radio Times on page 116, Nina Ridge explains why she left and gave some interesting titbits about the new contract change.

In it she mentions that all of the Met Office presenters who work on the BBC contract would have to reapply for their jobs with the new contractor. She was planning to leave next year as the contract moved, but got a job in a secondary school three days a week starting this month.
MI
m_in_m
In the current edition of Radio Times on page 116, Nina Ridge explains why she left and gave some interesting titbits about the new contract change.

In it she mentions that all of the Met Office presenters who work on the BBC contract would have to reapply for their jobs with the new contractor. She was planning to leave next year as the contract moved, but got a job in a secondary school three days a week starting this month.

I would have thought that TUPE comes into play here but until any contract is signed how can anyone be certain that they would need to reapply or would that have been the case if the Met Office retained the contract as well?

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