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January 18, 2010

Met Office could be dumped by BBC

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by David Allen

Getting the weather wrong has become a way of life in the UK, but as the Met Office contract with the BBC ends in April the search is on for a different supplier of weather information.

It seems that despite getting both the summer and winter forecasts wrong by predicting a barbeque summer and mild winter, the Met Office still has a bonus of over £1 million to share out.

According to the BBC, the contract to provide weather forecasts for the broadcaster has been put out to tender, with the New Zealand national weather forecaster, Metra, looking like a possible favourite to replace the Met Office, which clearly did not forecast that coming either.

Metra already supplies the service to many commercial organisations in the UK and produces the 3D weather maps used by the BBC.

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