BBC News, 1 November 2021

Summary of complaint

We've received complaints from audience members who felt that our Climate Editor?was disrespectful and aggressive when interviewing the Prime Minister about climate change.


Our response

As the host leader of COP26, Boris Johnson has been very vocal about the changes that need to be made to combat climate change and reduce global temperatures. This was a lively and robust interview which addressed a number of Boris Johnson’s key priorities for the summit, and he was challenged on whether he had been consistent in his role in meeting these.

We consider that it was entirely appropriate for Justin to challenge the Prime Minister on these points, as there has been criticism of the failure to increase tax on short haul flights and for the opening of a new coal mine. We’re satisfied that Justin acted in a fair and professional manner.