Extracts from Ofcom Complaint, by Category

Failure to Inform Carl Wunsch
of the Nature and Purpose of
the Programme

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Extract from from Complete Transcript and Rebuttal

Comment 53: Failure to inform Wunsch about the nature of the programme

Extract from Appendix C: Backgrounds of the Contributors to the Programme

Appendix C.20: Carl Wunsch

Key to colour-coded commentary text

Bright red text: Actual falsification of data, and/or misrepresentation of the views of a contributor to the programme

Dark red text: Narration, or on-screen graphics, or an accumulation of consecutive interviewee statements that taken together amount to narration; which are either factually inaccurate, or apparently intentionally misleading, or are an attempt to give the impression that a contentious opinion is a fact.

Blue text: Interviewee is either factually inaccurate, apparently intentionally misleading, or expresses an opinion as if it were a fact without context being provided to make it clear that its an opinion.

[This section was considered by both the the Fairness and Standards Divisions of Ofcom.]


Extract from Complete Transcript and Rebuttal


Carl Wunsch is professor of Oceanography at MIT. He was also visiting professor of oceanography at Harvard University and University College London; and a Senior Visiting Fellow in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of four major text books on oceanography.

[Comment 53: Carl Wunsch has been misrepresented by the programme (see Comment 54, page 49 and Comment 94, page 79 [of the full complaint]); and in addition, has stated publicly that he was misinformed by WagTV about the true nature of the programme (see: http://tinyurl.com/2fcfnh, and Appendix C.20  [below]).]

(In breach of Ofcom 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.6, 7.9, 7.14)

Extract from Appendix C: Backgrounds of the Contributors to the Programme


Professor Carl Wunsch

Carl Wunsch is Professor of Physical Oceanography at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has a distinguished publication record on oceans and the climate (see http://tinyurl.com/659hn6).

Wunsch has reported that he was misled into contributing to the programme, and that his views were seriously misrepresented by it (see http://tinyurl.com/ypjhhl). He has since clarified his views on human-induced climate change and on the documentary (see http://tinyurl.com/2gxorv).