BBC may dump Met Office due to inaccurate weather forecasts
The BBC is in talks with New Zealand’s national forecaster Metra as it does not want to renew its contract with the state-backed Met Office following complaints about its inaccurate weather forecasts.
The BBC’s contract with the Met Office is going to expire in April. The British broadcaster has been getting weather forecasts from the Met Office for almost 90 years.
The Met Office has been facing criticism for inaccurate long-term forecasts for Britain.
The Met Office has admitted that its annual global temperature forecasts were wrong for 9 of the past 10 years.
The Met office failed to forecast in its seasonal forecasts that Britain would suffer the current cold winter and heavy snowy conditions.
Speaking on the issue, a person close to Metra said, “The BBC is not happy with the service it has been getting from the Met Office; it thinks it’s too expensive.”
Metra, which supplies weather forecasts to private companies such as Tesco and Marks & Spencer, already produces weather graphics for the BBC.