After working together for decades, BBC has decided to end its relationship with the UK Met Office. The UK’s leading weather service has been providing BBC with data for its weather forecasts since 1922. In fact, the UK Met Office provided data used for BBC’s first radio weather bulletin back in November 14 of the same year.
The reason behind the termination of this longtime working relationship is said to be due to BBC’s need to get the “best value for money” through a bidding process. A BBC spokesman has admitted that the network is “legally required” to launch a bidding process and award the contract to the bid that allows the network to achieve the “best possible service and value for money for the licence fee payer.”
The Met Office says they are disappointed
The Met Office has said that they are quite disappointed with BBC’s decision. Met Office Operations and Customer Services Director Steve Noyes has said, “This is disappointing news, but we will be working to make sure that vital Met Office advice continues to be a part of BBC output.”
Aside from providing data, the Met Office has also been known to provide the BBC with a number of presenters to read the weather. With regard to this, the Met Office has said it will be working with them to “ensure clarity on their future.”
Meanwhile, a BBC spokesman has said that nothing really will change when it comes to the show the audience will see. It has been assured that BCC will continue to air the “highest standard of weather service.”
BBC is expected to have a replacement by next year.