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Broadcasters join environmental news consortium

Wed 03 Feb 2021 | 12:25 pm GMT
Michelle Urquhart | Products of Change Writer

News consortium which will focus on reducing the impact of news production and creating climate-related content. Image by RAEng_Publications from Pixabay

ITN, BBC, ITV News, Sky News and Channel 4 are among the first broadcasters to join the albert news consortium which will focus on reducing the impact of news production and creating climate-related content. Created by albert – the authority on environmental sustainability for film and TV – the news consortium has been set up to support the broadcast and production community specifically engaged in news television. The consortium will focus on creating an environmental certification for news programming, standardising the carbon footprint measurement of a news room and delivering the very best climate-related content to viewers. Michelle Whitehead, special projects manager at albert commented: “The challenges faced by the broadcast news community are quite unique when compared to those of our core Consortium members, not least because news producers have to react with a moment’s notice to breaking news and have to broadcast from all over the world. We wanted to create a separate group that could discuss the challenges they face and work on tailored solutions that can help them achieve net-zero carbon emissions.” The news consortium will work alongside the BAFTA albert consortium which is now in its 10th year and the albert sports consortium which launched in 2020 with Hazel Irvine as its chair. “Climate stories have been steadily rising up the agenda for news teams,” said Oonagh Forster, environment group lead, ITV News. “And now is the time for us to take decisive action to shape the future of our news programming and ensure that through our actions and our reporting, we are helping the general public to understand the climate issues and more importantly, feel empowered to take positive action to prevent the deepening climate crisis” Image by RAEng_Publications from Pixabay
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