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News – Evolutionists cry foul

November 2007

Evolutionists cry foul

Dutch scientists who support evolution have complained to the BBC after versions of Sir David Attenborough’s award winning natural history programmes were edited by a creationist group and broadcast in Holland. The cut-down programmes were broadcast by public broadcast company Evangelische Omroep without references to evolution, speciation, descent and timescales of millions of years.

The editing has triggered protests from Dutch scientists, led by Dr Gerdien de Jong, an evolutionary biologist at Utrecht University. With Dr Hans Roskam of the University of Leiden, she has organised a petition, signed by more than 300 biologists, and letters of complaint to the BBC.

A BBC spokesman responded, ‘BBC Worldwide allows local broadcasters to make edits but only up to a narrow margin of five minutes per hour. Their edits were less than the margin so did not involve BBC Worldwide on this occasion’.
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