BBC reportedly has 'secret scripts' to read on-air if England hit by energy blackouts this winter

Europe has been facing the prospect of an energy-strapped winter amid global economic disorder.

Published: October 19, 2022 1:56pm

Updated: October 19, 2022 2:04pm

The British Broadcasting Company reportedly has "secret" scripts ready to run if the United Kingdom is slammed by energy blackouts throughout the upcoming winter, according to media reports. 

The BBC's alleged scripts "set out how the corporation would reassure the public in the event that a 'major loss of power' causes mobile phone networks, internet access, banking systems or traffic lights to fail across England, Wales and Scotland," the Guardian reported on Wednesday

The Guardian, which claimed to have "seen" the scripts, said the directives would instruct Englanders "to use car radios or battery-powered receivers to listen to emergency broadcasts on FM and long-wave frequencies."

The paper said it learned that the scripts "were written by BBC journalists as part of routine emergency planning to deal with hypothetical scenarios."

England is among the European countries facing possible energy crises this winter as cold weather sets in and natural gas supplies from Russia dry up amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. 

Inflation and supply chain crises have also brought about difficulties in sourcing other forms of energy.

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