Tagged: BBC

Size does matter Francis!

So Mr Egan is having a tough time right now as he gets wheeled in to studio after studio to explain himself about the seismicity which everyone assumes is caused by his company’s fracking operations. Maybe it’s all a bit tiring for him which may explain the  fact that he...

Fracking Furore Over Axed Johnston Press Editor’s Appeal

Fracking Furore Over Axed Johnston Press Editor’s Appeal

Axed LSE Editor Receives Invitation to Attend PNR Protest Frack Free Lancashire have recently commented on emails sent out by Cuadrilla’s in house spin doctor, axed Johnstone press editor Steve Singleton.  (well we say “In House” , but we’re not sure how somebody employed by PR company PPS Solutions’ office...

Hard Talk indeed

Hard Talk indeed

At 4:30 this morning BBC’s Hard Talk featured Francis Egan being grilled by Stephen Sackur   The video must make uncomfortable viewing if you are a pro-fracker as Mr Egan stumbles through a not very convincing case under some testing questions from his interviewer. Some highlights: At 5:26 Stephen Sackur ...

Anti-Frackers are normal – shock report by Judy Hobson for the BBC!

Anti-Frackers are normal – shock report by Judy Hobson for the BBC!

There was a very interesting report on the role of women in the anti-fracking protest movement on BBC “Inside Out” which made the point very clearly that the childish mis-characterisation of all anti-frackers as “professional” activists couldn’t be farther from the truth. You can see it here whilst it is...

A Damascene conversion for Lord Browne of Madingley?

A Damascene conversion for Lord Browne of Madingley?

This morning on Radio 4’s  “Today” programme we were treated to a rare pleasure. I would really like to say that is was listening to some sort of Damascene conversion on the part of the interviewee, but it was more like listening to the soundtrack of a rat, sitting on...

Another hilarious lesson in why you should pick your advocates carefully

Another hilarious lesson in why you should pick your advocates carefully

Well the pro-frackers are treating us to a succession of “car-crash” interviews of late aren’t they? Last week it was The Rambling Reverend scaremongering about imminent blackouts if we don’t get fracking underway (ignoring the slight logical problem that an industry which wouldn’t in any circumstances be able to contribute...

The BBC – Fracking Rubbish

The BBC – Fracking Rubbish

Today the BBC put out a programme on Radio 4 – Inside Science – which claimed to get inside the science of fracking. It was terrible. Sloppy journalism and bad science. The list of badly reported programmes on fracking is long and ignoble – Iain Stewart’s Horizon programme springs to...

Shale Gas and UK Parliament

Shale Gas and UK Parliament

Parliament Today on Radio 4 last Friday had a segment on shale gas. As always it is interesting to see how our elected representatives disport themselves whilst “looking after our interests”. Play -> Parliament Today R4 Treasury Secretary, Danny Alexander does an impression of the unpopular schoolboy trying to ingratiate...

Cuadrilla CEO admits Fracking will not transform our economy

Cuadrilla CEO admits Fracking will not transform our economy

A rather unconvincing sounding Francis Egan was interviewed alongside Tony Juniper former head of Friends of the Earth on the Sunday Politics at about 11:30. It will be on the BBC Iplayer here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01rbxkg/Sunday_Politics_North_West_24_03_2013/ As we have now learned to expect Mr Egan came out with the usual platitudes and...

Radio 4 – Shale gas’s latest PR recruit?

Radio 4 – Shale gas’s latest PR recruit?

This morning on Radio 4 I woke up to hear a bizarre item in which Simon Jack gave 3 minutes of air time to an energy company boss who spouted PR unchallenged for the entire piece. He wasn’t seriously questioned and no opposing view was provided for balance 0716 Business...