BBC: police vans not ‘raid’, there to police ‘Extinction Rebellion’ protest

Rumours have been circulating on social media that a police raid was underway at the BBC’s Broadcasting House venue in London, apparently stemming from a comment by BBC radio presenter Rev Richard Coles:

The Metropolitan Police say there was no raid. A BBC spokesperson said the police presence was arriving for the protest outside Broadcasting House by environmental activist group ‘Extinction Rebellion’ and added:

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.


An attendee at the protest posted a image to Instagram:

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4 responses to “BBC: police vans not ‘raid’, there to police ‘Extinction Rebellion’ protest

  1. No point stimulating debate and acting in a pro-sustainability way internally if you act as the lever and spokesperson for anti-sustainability pro-exploitation big capital!!

  2. I don’t think that the answer to MSM distortions is to create a mirror image of non-stories.

    “Rumours have been circulating on social media …”

    It’s what it does best.

    • This article scotches the rumours so people aren’t fooled. How is that a bad thing?

  3. I reckon Extinction Rebellion are behind the drones shutting down Gatwick.

    Of course, the MSM won’t want to pursue that angle, as their purpose is to protect the status quo. If the masses get the idea serious measures are being and will be taken by climate change activists, it might catch on. Then there’ll be hell to pay!

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