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Top Gear’s electric car shows petrol over the BBC’s

Jeremy Clarkson test the Leaf electric car Photograph: BBC

distinguishes the BBC from the rest of country’s media? There’s the of advertising, and the lack of a proprietor specific business interests to But perhaps the most important is its editorial guidelines. which are to ensure that the corporation the highest standards of due accuracy and and strive[s] to avoid knowingly and misleading our audiences.

Here’s a few of the they say:

Trust is the of the BBC: we are independent, impartial and

We will be rigorous in establishing the of the story and well informed explaining it. Our specialist expertise bring authority and analysis to the world in which we live.

We be open in acknowledging mistakes they are made and encourage a of willingness to learn from

Woe betide the producer or presenter who these guidelines. Unless, is, they work for Top Gear. If so, are permitted to drive a coach and – or a Hummer H3 — through whenever they please.

for example, Top Gear’s line on cars. Casting aside any of impartiality or rigour, it has set out to show electric cars are useless. If the don’t fit, it bends until they do.

It’s being sued by electric car Tesla after claiming, other allegations, that the true range is only 55 per charge (rather than and that it unexpectedly ran out of charge. says the breakdowns were and the statements are untrue. But the BBC keeps the episode to other networks.

So for acknowledging mistakes when are made.

Now it’s been caught faking another trial, in case of the Nissan LEAF .

Sunday, an episode of Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson and James May off for Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire, 60 miles The car unexpectedly ran out of charge when got to Lincoln, and had to be pushed. They that electric cars are not the

But it wasn’t unexpected: Nissan has a device in the car which transmits on the state of the battery. This that, while the company the car to Top Gear fully charged, the ran the battery down before and May set off, until only 40% of the was left. Moreover, they have known this, as the display tells the driver how miles’ worth of electricity have, and the sat-nav tells if they don’t have charge to reach their In this case it told – before they set out on their journey – that they had 30 worth of electricity.

But, as Ben Webster of the Times earlier this week. at no were viewers told the battery had been more half empty at the start of the

It gets worse. As Webster out, in order to stage a in Lincoln, it appeared that the was driven in loops for more 10 miles in Lincoln until the was flat.

When Jeremy was challenged about this, he that he knew the car had only a charge before he set out. he said: That’s how TV works. Not on the BBC it or not unless your programme is Top Gear.

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Top Gear’s response. by its producer Andy Wilman, is a of distraction and obfuscation. He insists the programme wasn’t testing the claims of the vehicles, and nor did it state the vehicles wouldn’t achieve claimed range. But the point is it creates the strong impression the car ran out of juice unexpectedly, leaving the stranded in Lincoln, a city no public charging points.

Yes, this is an entertainment yes it’s larking about, and it’s very funny. But of this exempts it from the guidelines and the duty not to fake the

The issue is made all the more by the fact that Top Gear has a agenda. It’s a mouthpiece for an form of libertarianism and individualism. It attempts to protect the environment, and the kind of driving that other people’s peace and people’s lives.

It often the impression that the rules and which seek to protect us each other are there to be

This is dangerous territory. Boy in many parts of the countryside, are the greatest hazards to local lives. Where I live, in mid-Wales, the roads are treated as tracks. Many of the young who use them compete to see who can clock up the speeds on a given stretch.

The consequences are terrible: a series of crashes involving young men and driving too fast, which other people or maim for life. In the latest horror, down the road from I live, a young man bumped car through a fence and into a Four of the five passengers

Of course I’m not blaming Top Gear for this, but it plays a role in creating a comfort within which edgy is considered acceptable, even Top Gear’s political agenda persists in stark contradiction to BBC on impartiality.

So how does it get away it? It’s simple. It makes the BBC a Both the 15th and 16th of Top Gear were among the top TV programmes sold internationally by BBC over the last financial

Another section of the editorial tells us that our audiences be confident that our decisions are not by outside interests, political or pressures. But in this case we be. I suggest that it is purely of commercial pressures that Top is allowed to rig the evidence, fake its pour petrol over the standards and put a match to them.

The drives all before it.

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