Richard Black: So what is he actually doing in Rio?
On 13/04/2011, 09:31:00, Emily Benson, created a document titled “Earth Summit 2012: Media Brainstorm and Activities“. This document appears to have pulled together all the ideas for media coverage from Stakeholder Forum at the RIO+20 conference.
In it are a number of interesting entries.
“Earth Radio. RB to find out logistics”
“Rio Retrospective. EB to follow up with Richard Black”
“More and more organisations are now producing their own audio content. These range from the UNFCCC Secretariat, to NGOs, to the BBC. Etc. They offer a diverse and often dynamic approach to a number of issues that are critical to the Earth Summit. We would like to collect many of these outputs into a single ‘Earth Radio’ channel where users can surf, pick and listen to a range of different programmes that tackle different areas of sustainability.
Action: RB looking into the feasibility of this.
Action: EB/RB/NW brainstorm on funding“
“Retrospective on Rio: Action: Discuss with Richard Black who was going to pitch it to the Beeb.”
The above is unquestionable evidence of a close relationship between Richard Black and advocacy group Stakeholder Forum. He has evidently been working closely with them and even ready to “pitch to the Beeb” on their behalf, thereby using our public money to help Stakeholder Forum with their propaganda aims for the RIO+20 conference.
Training The Mindbenders.
Another interesting entry in the document is this one:
“Training: Develop a long term package to train up a team of young journalists from developing and developed countries around sustainable development/environmental reporting. This could complement some of the work already undertaken by the Media Partnership (IIED) who are focused exclusively on climate change and the UNFCCC process.
Action: EB to contact the BBC World Service Trust/TVE to test a project idea with them – perhaps something to approach the EU for funding for? Or some of the larger media foundations, i.e. Reuters/Thompson Foundation? Ted Turner Foundation?“
Here is documented evidence that the BBC were to be contacted to help train journalists who would work on behalf of Stakeholder Forum. Was that idea followed through? Well, according to the budget document I unveiled here, there is a budget for this journalistic training:
Note how the BBC mentor is an environment correspondent, and how he will be paid the not unsubstantial sum of £4200. Not also how he will receive 14 days accomodation at £200 per day. Not a bad little earner is it? Who do we think that “environment correspondent” was? Join the dots between the brainstorming document and the budget document and you have your man: Richard Black. Clear evidence not only of Richard black working with Stakeholder Forum, but clear evidence of Richard Black working for Stakeholder Forum.
Let me again remind you of the BBC Trust’s impartiality statement from the Royal Charter:
“The BBC must do all it can to ensure that controversial subjects are treated with due accuracy and impartiality in all relevant output.”
BBC Royal Charter Agreement 2006.
Again, I challenge the BBC to justify how Richard Black working for an advocacy group both before and during RIO+20 (surely he is mentoring those new journo’s while there?) can possibly allow him to remain impartial?
UPDATE: “Sources I demand sources”. Here you go.