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Information Policy & Compliance
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26 March 2018
Dear Mr Gavin
Freedom of Information Requests – RFI20180510
Thank you for your request to the BBC of 21 March 2018, seeking the following information
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’):
“There is some contention about whether the image that included Jeremy Corby set against the
Kremlin used in the backdrop to Newsnight on the 15th of March 2018 was doctored with
PhotoShop. Some say it was distorted prior to being used on the studio's curved screen and others
claim the distortion was caused by it being projected onto the screen. To give greater insight into
this issue, please will you supply a copy of the original digital file that was projected onto the
curved screen in the Newsnight studio.”
Under section 14(2) of the Act, we are not required to respond to repeat requests. The
Information Commissioner’s guidance with respect to repeat requests states that where a public
authority has previously complied with a request for information, it is not obliged to comply with a
subsequent identical or substantially similar request from that person.
If you are not satisfied that we have complied with the Act in responding to your request, you
have the right to an internal review by a BBC senior manager or legal adviser. Please contact us at
the address above, explaining what you would like us to review and including your reference
number. If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the Information
Commissioner. The contact details are: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745
(national rate) or see http://www.ico.org.uk/.
Freedom of Information
From January 2005 the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of
recorded information held by public authorities. The Act also sets out exemptions from that right and
places a number of obligations on public authorities. The term “public authority” is defined in the Act; it
includes all public bodies and government departments in the UK. The BBC, Channel 4, S4C and MG Alba
are the only broadcasting organisations covered by the Act.
Application to the BBC
The BBC has a long tradition of making information available and accessible. It seeks to be open and
accountable and already provides the public with a great deal of information about its activities. BBC
Audience Services operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week handling telephone and written comments
and queries, and the BBC’s website bbc.co.uk provides an extensive online information resource.
It is important to bear this in mind when considering the Freedom of Information Act and how it applies to
the BBC. The Act does not apply to the BBC in the way it does to most public authorities in one significant
respect. It recognises the different position of the BBC (as well as Channel 4 and S4C) by saying that it
covers information “held for purposes other than those of journalism, art or literature”. This means the
Act does not apply to information held for the purposes of creating the BBC’s output (TV, radio, online
etc), or information that supports and is closely associated with these creative activities.
A great deal of information within this category is currently available from the BBC and will continue to be
so. If this is the type of information you are looking for, you can check whether it is available on the BBC’s
website bbc.co.uk or contact BBC Audience Services.
The Act does apply to all of the other information we hold about the management and running of the BBC.
The BBC's aim is to enrich people's lives with great programmes and services that inform, educate and
entertain. It broadcasts radio and television programmes on analogue and digital services in the UK. It
delivers interactive services across the web, television and mobile devices. The BBC's online service is one
of Europe's most widely visited content sites. Around the world, international multimedia broadcaster BBC
World Service delivers a wide range of language and regional services on radio, TV, online and via wireless
handheld devices, together with BBC World News, the commercially-funded international news and
information television channel.
The BBC's remit as a public service broadcaster is defined in the BBC Charter and Agreement. It is the
responsibility of the BBC Trust (the sovereign body within the BBC) to ensure that the organisation
delivers against this remit by setting key objectives, approving strategy and policy, and monitoring and
assessing performance. The Trustees also safeguard the BBC's independence and ensure the Corporation is
accountable to its audiences and to Parliament.
Day-to-day operations are run by the Director-General and his senior management team, the Executive
Board. All BBC output in the UK is funded by an annual Licence Fee. This is determined and regularly
reviewed by Parliament. Each year, the BBC publishes an Annual Report & Accounts, and reports to
Parliament on how it has delivered against its public service remit.