Please be advised that the FOI Act provides a right of access to recorded information held by a public authority. Public authorities are not required to answer questions if this would mean creating new information or giving an opinion or judgement that is not already recorded. We are therefore not obliged to provide examples of questions that would be answered under FOIA; regarding the programme specified below.
If you wish to request recorded information held by the BBC, please clarify what information you require.
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The Information Policy & Compliance Team
BBC Freedom of Information
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Many thanks for your very prompt but anonymous email.
My problem is this: I have requested several items of recorded information held by a public authority, viz The BBC, yet every time I do so my "right of access" is prohibited as the information I require falls foul of your "journalism, art or literature" veto.
All of my requests have been for factual information, and at no point have I asked for an "opinion or judgement that is not already recorded".
Perhaps my use of the word "question" was incorrect. Please allow me to rephrase my original enquiry:
To save us both a lot of time and emails, I would be grateful if you would outline for me exactly what information you CAN provide about this programme with, perhaps, some examples of the information that could be supplied by your department that is not connected with "journalism, art or literature".