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BBC map of the UK mainland

I've just come across this image of the BBC UK mainland map on Twitter. Someone has taken the map that the BBC use (looks like the weather map) and overlaid it on to a normal map of the UK. Playing it politically neutral and staying away from the referendum, is the map designed to skew […]

I've just come across this image of the BBC UK mainland map on Twitter.

Someone has taken the map that the BBC use (looks like the weather map) and overlaid it on to a normal map of the UK.

Playing it politically neutral and staying away from the referendum, is the map designed to skew our perspective of the UK and if so why?

BBC map of the UK overlaid on to a standard scale map

I've always looked at the map and the perspective and thought that it was designed just to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye, showing the curvature of the globe.

When you actually look at the map when it is laid over a standard UK map you can see there is a problem. The south is fine up to around Watford where it fits pretty much exactly to the standard map, but above that it gets smaller, a lot smaller, so small in-fact that the far north of Scotland ends somewhere around Glasgow.

Scotland is roughly 60% of the size of England yet the map used by the BBC appears to make it look like Scotland is only about 10% or 15% of its actual size.

We all know that maps get adapted, look at the London Underground map for example, but that is designed to be a simple, easy to read representation of the system, the map above is actually making people question the size of a country.

For those of you who haven't been to Scotland or have any concept of the size of the country, maybe because you use the BBC map, to drive from Broadcasting House in London to the border with Scotland is 327 miles, to drive from the border to Thurso at the top of Scotland is a further 365 miles.

So why is the BBC skewing the map of the UK?

Source of map https://twitter.com/cvalentine2013/status/459601795363651584