Climate change episode of Frozen Planet won't be shown in the U.S. as viewers don't believe in global warming
Yeh i heard about this too Lovuian, but i imagine it'll be available on BBC i player or YouTube soon enough. Is there a lot of censorship in the US then?
It depends what you mean by censorship Crow - in a country where the Internet is wide open and there are thousands of television stations, you'd be hard pressed to claim there was ANYTHING (other than classified material) that you can't get access to. The only "government" station is Public Broadcasting System, which I would contend is the MOST likely to show climate change documentaries! The rest are free market and can show whatever they want (other than rules about sex and language on broadcast networks), which means that those businesses and their ultimate owners choose what to run for whatever reasons they have in their individual cases. Typically that would be what sells, although I would not claim that there are NEVER political/business influences affecting some of those decisions.
I think the Daily Mail article is close to ridiculous in its claims, as it makes all sorts of suppositions and assertions without actually stating any facts about the specific situation. I hardly think Sir David's unfamiliarity is a reason, as I can't see the US audience watching a BBC produced climate documentary expecting to know the commentators necessarily (and by the way he IS quite well known here). And claiming that the presidential race has anything at all to do with the decision is just ludicrous if you can't back it up with specifics.
What may be the most relevant issue is making business decisions based on perceived consumer desire derived from questionable polling - THAT is a huge problem in the US (and I suspect everywhere else) as it creates knee jerk behavior by corporations and government. Some of the polls showing drops in climate change beliefs are mirrored in the Western European nations incidentally, so this isn't necessarily a US specific thing as much as it is a questionable polling in general thing. This article has some interesting viewpoints on the subject:http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/11/1 ... l-warming/
Sorry to run on, but this whole thing just seemed very dodgy to me assumptionwise, particularly because I haven't seen the particular channel, Discovery, shy away from climate change programming in general.