The new BBC UK map graphic shows a flattened, birds-eye perspective
It may have taken more than a decade to change, but from today (Tuesday, February 6th) the standard UK map on BBC weather bulletins will be once again flat – delighting Western Isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil who pushed for the BBC to improve its more severe tilt on the UK map when it was first altered 12 and a half years ago.
Mr MacNeil said: “Delighted that the BBC have done the right thing and improved the weather map…it only took them 12 and a half years.”
The 2005 map alteration was the first major change to the look of the BBC weather for more than 20 years, but caused outrage to many in the north of the country due to the graphic’s southerly perspective, giving a ‘distorted’ view of Scotland.
At the time Mr MacNeil criticised the new map, saying it made it more difficult for people in the north and the islands to get an accurate forecast; and urged the BBC to rethink the tilt.
He said of the 2005 changes: “People in my constituency depend on reliable forecasting for a range of crucial outdoor activities – including fishing and crofting – but this new map leaves them with almost zero visibility for weather in the isles.
“The BBC needs to rethink their daft distorted map. They need to see Scotland as it is.”
Commenting on today’s new map – which will see the UK from a flat, bird’s-eye perspective map on weather bulletins from lunchtime today – Mr MacNeil added: “Now people can see Scotland really is a big place and we need to have ambitions for Scotland to match.”
The changes today are part of the biggest overhaul of BBC Weather for more than a decade. Forecasts will now also be able to call on a global graphic to display phenomena, including the Northern Lights.
BBC’s head of weather, Liz Howell, said: “We know how important weather is to all our audiences both in the UK and globally, so I am delighted to be able to bring them a refreshed look, new data and additional functionality.”