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Ofcom finds The Great Global Warming Swindle breached broadcast rules

By Carl Dinnen

Updated on 21 July 2008

Ofcom says The Great Global Warming Swindle, broadcast last March, was in breach of a number of rules in the broadcasting code

These include criticising the government's former chief scientist, Sir David King, for comments he didn't make.

The Channel 4 documentary about global warming made "significant allegations" without offering an "appropriate and timely opportunity" to leading scientists to respond, the broadcasting regulator ruled.

But Ofcom found that despite concerns over the presentation and omission of various facts and views, the audience watching the Channel 4 programme was not "materially misled".

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