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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 May, 2005, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
New BBC weather map gets facelift
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The BBC has given its controversial new weather map a facelift after complaints it had a south of England bias.

The angle at which viewers see the UK was changed from Saturday morning, but the colours have remained 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 altered the "tilt" of the map to allow viewers to see more of the North of England and Scotland.

The corporation said it made the changes after it "carefully assessed feedback from viewers".

It is great to see that Scottish pressure has made the BBC think again
Alex Salmond, SNP leader

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".

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

The move was also welcomed by SNP Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil, who had raised a motion in the House of Commons, calling for a re-think of the map.

Weather conditions

But he added that the changes do not go far enough.

He said: "This is a great victory for people from across Scotland who raised their concerns with the BBC.

"But of course this is only the first stage.

"People are equally concerned about the loss of wind speeds and isobars - two pieces of information that are crucial to my constituents and others who make a living outdoors."

The other main cause of consternation among viewers, the colours, have not been addressed in the facelift.

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 to be shown over it."

BBC weather presenter Jo Farrow explains the changes

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