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Information Policy & Compliance
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
14 May 2013
Dear Mr Faulkner, Freedom of Information request – RFI20130569
Thank you for your request to the BBC of 12 April 2013, seeking the following information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000:
“I would like to know what is the percentage of repeated programs shown shown across each of the BBC
television channels weekly,monthly, and annually for the year 2012-2013 and what percentage of each individual
channel is a repeat?”
“What percentage of programs first broadcast in 2012-2013 are then repeated and how often within the
following 12-18 months of first broadcast?”
“Final y is the percentage of repeats likely to rise or lower in the coming year and if so by how much?”
Please note that the information you have requested is excluded from the Act because it is held for the
purposes of ‘journalism, art or literature.’ 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” 1. The BBC is not required by the Act 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; however, on this occasion we’re happy to provide the information
below in response to your request.
The following table details the number of hours of programmes repeated on our four main television
channels and the percentage this represents of the total hours broadcast on that channel in the financial
year 2011/12. It also shows the number and percentage of repeats in peak time (between the hours of
18:30 and 22:30). Please note that the numbers below include repeats broadcast as part of the BBC's
commitment to signed output.
1 For more information about how the Act applies to the BBC please see the enclosure at the end of this letter.
Please note that this guidance is not intended to be a comprehensive legal interpretation of how the Act applies to the
This is the latest available information. Limited information on repeats shown during 2012/13 will be
included in the Annual Report which is due to be published on bbc.co.uk in July.
It may also be worth noting that in October 2011 the BBC Trust published the BBC Executive's proposed
approach to meeting the funding of the licence fee settlement agreed with the Government in 2010. The
Trust put these proposals, called Delivering Quality First, out to public consultation to test the detail of the
Executive's proposals against the Trust’s strategic objectives and priorities for the BBC. The Trust’s final
conclusions were published in May 2012.
On the issue of peak-time repeats on BBC One, the Trust stated:
“We note the concern expressed by some respondents to our consultation about the level of repeats on the BBC’s
main channel. It remains very important for BBC One to provide new programming in peak time, and while the level
of peak-time repeats on BBC One wil increase slightly, under this plan they wil remain below 10 per cent (they
were 8.4 per cent in 2010-11), which we believe is an acceptable level.”
The BBC does not offer an internal review when the information requested is not covered by the Act. If
you disagree with our decision you can appeal to the Information Commissioner. Contact details are:
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF telephone
01625 545 700. http://www.ico.gov.uk
Complaints Management & Editorial Standards Advisor, BBC Television
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
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
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
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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.