Via The Telegraph:
The environmental programme has been relegated by the BBC to an “optional extra” alongside a behind-the-scenes documentary which foreign networks can ignore.
Campaigners said the decision not to incorporate the episode on global warming as part of the main package was “unhelpful”.
They added that it would allow those countries which are sceptical of climate change to “censor” the issue.
Viewers in the United States, where climate change sceptics are particularly strong group, will not see the full episode.
Instead, the BBC said that Discovery, which shows the series in the US, had a “scheduling issue so only had slots for six episodes”, so “elements” of the climate change episode would be incorporated into their final show, with editorial assistance from the Corporation.
However, the Frozen Planet DVD will be sold overseas – including the US – containing all seven episodes as broadcast in the UK.
A spokeswoman for the BBC said it was not be feasible to force networks to buy the climate change episode as it features Sir David talking extensively to the camera and there are many countries where he is not famous.
I’m very skeptical that Discovery’s “scheduling issue” is to blame. Consider, oh, off the top of my head, American Chopper and Cash Cab. How many hours a day do they each get? When my workplace’s lunch room TV is tuned to Discovery, and I walk in at my incredibly varied “lunch” breaks (e.g. anytime between 11 and 4pm), it’s one of those two shows almost invariably.
But a reality show about building motorcycles is obviously far more important than the wide-scale destruction of vast swathes of habitat on the one and only planet we have stewardship over. Five years to fix humanity’s psychological inability to focus on a problem that might affect them in the future, but isn’t threatening them right this second? We’re so doomed. But at least those people who don’t believe in facts about this universe that have lots of scientific evidence backing them, won’t get confronted with those facts, change the channel, and thus affect Discovery’s ratings.
Update: Looks like the Telegraph is misinformed. Crooks & Liars corrects the record:
Regarding the much-discussed seventh episode airing on the BBC, Discovery Channel says that there are a lot of programing decisions still to be made, but divulged that even if the footage is cut to be six episodes, as planned in the US, the essence of the BBC’s seven episodes will be represented throughout the US version of the series. In other words, the reality of climate change will be present throughout the entire series.