Jersey fury over weather wrongness

The Jersey tourism industry is said to be “furious” at the BBC’s apparent lack of accuracy or regard when it comes to predicting weather patterns for the region, which is located somewhere in the Channel.

The JTI also slammed the BBC meteorological service for what it calls “pathetic and systematic undermining” of the island’s culture through repeated references to “tax exiles” and “Bergerac”.

A spokesman for the JTI, Peter Ian, said yesterday: “Jersey is a wonderful island with fantastic scenery, and there’s so much for people to do here. What we don’t need is to be patronised by some mainland weather forecaster going on about how the outlook for the next 5 days wouldn’t matter to us anyway, seeing as we’re all rich because of John Nettles and our 5% rate of VAT. It doesn’t do much for tourism or Jersey’s overall image, especially in these harsh financial times.”

The island of Jersey was first brought to the attention of the public during the 1980s, when hit BBC series “Bergerac” became a fixture in millions of households across Britain. The light-hearted drama, which followed the exploits of likeable detective Jim Bergerac (played by John Nettles), certainly served to put the largest Channel Island on the map – quite where on the map, however, is something which has confounded the BBC meteorological department for many years.

A spokesman for the BBC said yesterday: “The position of Jersey has changed dramatically over the past 20 years, although we’ve now got it pinned down to somewhere about 1/3 of the way between France and the south coast of England. It’s difficult to predict an accurate forecast for a land so distant and isolated, plus trying to get a temperature on to something so miniscule can prove to be problematic. Normally, we just wave a hand ‘down there’ and say that Bergerac-land will be fairly mild with a slight breeze and a chance of showers. Not that it really matters that much…”

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