Last week when I did a short piece on the Today programme I was thinking something similar to Ralph – along the lines of wildlife stories are the fluffy ones. The media coverage of environmental issues seems to have declined in quality over recent years and that must be partly because there are fewer and fewer specialist journalists (and knowledgeable commentators) on the main newspapers and in TV these days.
The media give us daily reminders about whether the FTSE100 has gone up or down – and we are mostly clueless about what significance that has.
On the other hand, we do not have even monthly updates about the amount of forest left in the tropics, or this month’s assessment of the state of world fish stocks or the state of SSSIs in England, or whether the UK is meeting its biodiversity commitments. Why not?
It feels to me that there is less coverage of UK wildlife issues on Today, and fewer NGO wildlife spokespeople in the media in general. Maybe I’m wrong, what do you think? And if I’m right is it that the NGOs have stopped trying, or that the media have moved away from the subject.
I am reading a report on BBC media coverage of rural issues and will blog about it next week – probably on Monday – because it is quite funny in places. And quite important. And quite wrong in places too.