7 July 2010
The BBC announced today that it has appointed the Met Office to supply its weather services following a competitive tender. The new contract will run for a period of five years.
The new contract means the Met Office will continue to supply weather services to the BBC. This includes the data on which the forecasts are based, on screen presenters and forecasting services across BBC output on TV, radio and online.
Following a thorough bid process and rigorous evaluation, the BBC selected the organisation it felt could best deliver the required services and offered the best value for money for licence-fee payers.
The Met Office has demonstrated its ability and commitment to deliver a high-quality service - through accuracy, consistency of data and flexibility.
The new contract means that the public will get more data for more locations and more frequently throughout the UK and around the world - which will help keep weather forecasts consistent and accurate.
It will also allow the BBC and the Met Office to organise their resources in a way which will help provide the most consistent forecasts across radio, TV, online and mobile.
Mark Byford, BBC Deputy Director General and Head of BBC Journalism, said: "Weather is a key part of the BBC's news and information services, and, of course, is of endless fascination to us all across the UK. Not only do our audiences come to us in huge numbers for regular weather updates each day across television, radio and online, but they also turn to the BBC for accurate information and forecasts when big weather events happen anywhere across the country.
"This announcement follows a very thorough and competitive tender process and we are confident the new contract with the Met Office will deliver strong value for licence-fee payers and will enable, through this partnership, BBC Weather to produce authoritative, reliable, accurate and innovative forecasts on which our audiences rely."
John Hirst, Chief Executive of the Met Office, said: "The Met Office leads the world in broadcast meteorology and we are delighted to renew our weather broadcasting partnership with the BBC. This contract ensures that the BBC's UK and global audiences will continue to receive trusted forecasts and critical warnings from the Met Office."
The Met Office provides on-air forecast services not only to the BBC, but also to ITV and Channel 4. We also provide forecast data to Sky News.
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