'My views on the Badger cull are well known and have been widely voiced and published. They are opinions based on a pragmatic and objective consideration of the current science concerning its efficacy as well as concerns about animal welfare. Because of the prominence of my comments it is obviously impossible for me to be considered impartial as a BBC presenter on this topic. Impartiality is a cornerstone of the BBC's practice as a public service broadcaster and I am determined to protect this important aspect of its integrity. Thus I will not be taking part in any discussions about the cull during the forthcoming series of Autumnwatch and Winterwatch. Nor will I be presenting any items in the series about the badger cull because, as natural history programmes, they are not the right place for discussions about matters of national public policy. I will however continue to make my views known when I feel it is appropriate to do so.

'Autumnwatch 2013 will include a film exploring the long history and science of human-badger interaction. Whilst the series will not cover the badger cull specifically, it will provide comprehensive information on this topic via the Autumnwatch website, which will also have links to news articles and other resources. Viewers will also be given the opportunity to have their say on the Autumnwatch blog.'

Chris Packham

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