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Last Updated: Friday, 27 May, 2005, 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK
Viewers force BBC forecast change
BBC weather map
Thousands complained that the map had a southern bias
The BBC is to modify its controversial new weather map after complaints that it did not give enough prominence to Scotland and the north of England.

The angle at which viewers see the UK will be changed from Saturday - but the colours will stay the same.

Around 4,000 people complained after the map was changed two weeks ago, with the Scottish National Party (SNP) calling it "daft" and "distorted".

The BBC said it had "carefully assessed feedback from viewers".

"The move follows comments from viewers that the map gave too much prominence to the southern part of the country," a statement said.

Our complaints system has had a role in helping us to understand our audiences' concerns
Andrew Lane
BBC weather manager
"The change to the tilt of the map will allow viewers to see more of the north of England and Scotland."

BBC weather manager Andrew Lane said the new technology was "very flexible" and provided the "clarity and realism" viewers wanted.

"However, we have always made it clear that we listen to our audiences and our complaints system has had a role in helping us to understand our audiences' concerns," he said.

The introduction of the "global" aerial view on 16 May was the biggest change to BBC weather forecasts for 20 years.

SNP leader Alex Salmond said the BBC had been "undone by the Western Isles whirlwind".

"It is great to see that Scottish pressure has made the BBC think again," he said.

'Rightful size'

SNP MP Pete Wishart added: "Scotland requires reliable and accurate weather forecasts and I'm confident this can be secured now we have regained our rightful size."

But the other main cause of consternation among viewers, the colours, will not be revised.

The forecasts show land in different shades of brown, depending on the outlook, with rain appearing as splodges of blue.

Mr Lane said: "Although there have been some comments about the colour of the map, it is a key part of the new system and helps us to show detailed weather conditions over it."

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