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BBC will not broadcast Attenborough episode over fear of rightwing backlash

Exclusive: Decision to make episode about natural destruction only available on iPlayer angers programme-makers

The BBC has decided not to broadcast an episode of David Attenborough’s flagship new series on British wildlife because of fears its themes of the destruction of nature would risk a backlash from Tory politicians and the rightwing press, the Guardian has been told.

The decision has angered the programme-makers and some insiders at the BBC, who fear the corporation has bowed to pressure from lobbying groups with “dinosaurian ways”.

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