The BBC has a new forecaster after it ended its long-term relationship with Met Office

 
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The BBC has appointed a new weather forecaster after ditching the Met Office.

MeteoGroup will take the reins next spring, after the Met Office confirmed its more than 90-year-old relationship with the BBC was ending last summer.

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"MeteoGroup is honoured to have been chosen to partner with the world's leading broadcaster," MeteoGroup chairman Richard Sadler said.

"The BBC is dedicated to offering the best possible weather service to its audience and it has been a demanding selection process."

MeteoGroup claims to be the UK’s largest private sector weather business and the European market leader.

The firm is London-based, with offices in 17 countries across the world. It's backed by global investment firm General Atlantic LLC.

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The Met Office first provided data for the BBC forecasts on 14 November 1922, for the corporation’s first radio weather bulletin.

Steve Noyes, Met Office operations and customer services director, said last summer: "Nobody knows Britain's weather better and, during our long relationship with the BBC, we've revolutionised weather communication to make it an integral part of British daily life.

"This is disappointing news, but we will be working to make sure that vital Met Office advice continues to be a part of BBC output."

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