THE BBC’s New Broadcasting House (NBH) in London is on lockdown after a climate change protest erupted outside.
Extinction Rebellion, a green protest group, are holding a ‘Reclaim the BBC’ demonstration in protest at the broadcaster’s coverage of climate change. The group, who are also holding a demonstration at Bristol’s BBC offices today, have issued a list of eight demands, including the broadcaster declaring an environmental and ecological emergency. A spokesman for the group said today: “The BBC must lead from the front on the climate emergency.”
Journalists are currently unable to exit or enter NBH in central London.
She Tweeted: “In lock-down at the BBC. Not allowed out of the building! Stuck in reception with Simon Mayo, Ken Bruce and 3 policemen.”
A BBC spokesperson said earlier today: “We’ve received a letter from this newly-formed campaign group. The BBC has a proud record of leading the way in sustainability in the media industry and we’ve set out further action including cutting energy use further, eradicating single use plastic and minimising the impact of necessary travel.
“In the last Charter period, we reduced our carbon footprint by a third. People can also see the clear impact programmes like Blue Planet II and Dynasties have had on public debate about the impact of humankind on the planet.”