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Monday, 10 October 2011

Freedom of Information response 04/10/11

No surprises here. I wonder, what information CAN the FOI people provide?

Freedom of Information request – RFI2011 1210

Thank you for your request to the BBC of the 4th October, seeking the following information
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

 - how much George Galloway was paid for his appearances on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine’s Show during the most recent 12-month period for which you have details available

 - how much Jeremy Vine was paid to present his programme on radio 2 during the most recent 12-month period for which you have details available

The information you have requested is excluded from the Act because it is held for the purposes of ‘journalism, art or literature.’ The BBC is therefore not obliged to provide this information to you and will not be doing so on this occasion. Part VI of Schedule 1 to FOIA provides that information held by the BBC and the other public service broadcasters is only covered by the Act if it is held for ‘purposes other than those of journalism, art or literature”. The BBC is not required to supply information held for the purposes of creating the BBC’s output or information that supports and is closely associated with these creative activities.

Follow-up FOI request sent:

Over the past few weeks I have submitted a number of FOI requests regarding this programme. All of these have been declined due to your "journalism, art or literature" veto.
To save us both a lot of time and emails, could you outline for me exactly what information you CAN provide about this programme with, perhaps, some examples of questions that would be answered by your department?
Thank you!

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