Christopher Booker covers Tony Newbery's Information Tribunal case in his Telegraph column today.
A remarkable legal drama has been unfolding recently in London’s Camden Town, pitting a lone pensioner from Wales against all the might of the BBC, represented by an array of highly-paid lawyers. It has been a battle fought to determine the BBC’s right, under the Freedom of Information Act, to keep secret how it arrived at a major policy decision which, for six years, has allowed it to operate in breach of its legal obligations under its Charter.
Meanwhile, Anthony Watts has also covered the story, publishing excerpts from the Register story. Getting attention from both of these high readership sites is obviously important in itself. But when the commenters help out by doing research, good things can happen. Some of Anthony's commenters appear to have identified some candidates for the attendees at the mysterious CMEP seminar:
A starting point might be to do a search for academics who have themselves down as climate advisors for the BBC in 2006. Academics are an egoistical bunch (I should know) and love to beef up their CVs with such stuff, it doesn’t exactly tell you who was there but it gives you a starting point. For example-
Stephen Peake (University of Cambridge) for example has himself down as ‘Academic consultant for the 2006 OU-BBC climate change season.’
Dr Matt Prescott and Prof Robert Spicer are anothers who name themselves in their online CVs as climate advisors to the BBC in 2006.
Just a thought, besides why should all of this be so secret, what have they to hide?
More on Stephen Peake here, Robert Spicer here. Matt Prescott is already known to those who have followed the CMEP story (he led the campaign to ban the incandescent lightbulb in the UK). However, I don't think we can state that they were in attendance (although I view it as highly likely that Prescott was there).
The other identification is more clear-cut:
Another Gareth says:
Another attendee is D. Steve Widdicombe of Plymouth University, see page 13 here
“Steve Widdicombe attended a “Communicating Climate Change” workshop at the BBC television centre (26 January 2006). The aim of the workshop was to provide expert opinion to the BBC on subjects relating to climate change and how the BBC could best fulfil its commitment to public communication and education.”
The Spectator covers the story here.