We’ve known for a year that our long-standing relationship with the BBC is going to change and we have been working hard to make sure everyone can access our forecast and warnings on a range of channels – via our popular new app, or via videos on our website and via twitter.
As the trusted, expert source of weather and climate science in the UK, we work at the heart of Government, with a wide range of customers, and with emergency responders to maintain resilience and public safety.
Its not surprising that our highly trained and popular presenters are in demand; many have been presenting the weather for many years and have become household names. We are working closely with our staff to resolve any issues associated with the end of our contract.
Helen Chivers, Head of news and social media at the Met Office, said: “Nobody knows Britain’s weather better than the Met Office and our expert forecasts and warnings are easily accessible for everyone when it matters.
“Technology is helping us reach more people than ever before in the ways they want, be it on our popular new weather app, website and social media, on-line news providers or independent television networks. This means everyone can have the best weather information at their fingertips, whenever and wherever they need it.
“Our long-standing relationship with the BBC will continue as they broadcast our national severe weather warnings and interview our experts on subjects as diverse as winter storms, global climate change impacts and space weather.”
Our new app is proving very popular and has now had 600,000 downloads since its official launch in May. With a 4.5* rating for iOS and 4* for Android it is in the top 50 apps in the app stores for customer retention.
Helen added: “These are exciting times for us as we work with a wide range of UK broadcasters and media partners to create new and innovative services.”