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Jackie Walker 
November 27th, 2009 
Dear Ms Walker 
Freedom of Information request – RFI20091522 
Thank you for your request to the BBC of November 2nd, seeking the following information under the 
Freedom of Information Act 2000 about the edition of Question Time broadcast on October 22nd: 
     1. What information either written or verbal was given to the audience prior to them arriving at the studio for 
the filming of  Question Time on 22nd October 2009? Please supply copies of any     written material. 
     2. What information either written or verbal was given to the audience after arriving at the studio on 22nd 
October 2009 and prior to the recording of the show? Please supply copies of any written material. 
     3. What information was given to the audience after the recording of the show (either written or verbal). Please 
supply copies of any written material. 
Please note that your request is outside the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”) but 
you may be interested in this entry on the Editors’ Blog written by the Executive Editor of Question Time   
As has been openly stated here, at every edition of Question Time (and the October 22nd edition was no 
different) members of the audience are given a sheet of paper summarising the panellists and telling them 
how/where to submit their suggested question. Also, again as is always the case and has been openly stated, 
the chairman David Dimbleby talks to the audience before a programme and encourages them to be 
themselves: if they want to cheer, applaud, ask a question, laugh, boo, whatever - the key is to be natural 
and to engage in the debate. Nothing said or sent to the audience in the preparations for this programme - 
either in the run-up or on the night itself - was in any way out of line with normal weekly editorial practice. 
We hope you find this helpful. 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 above information in response to your 
Appeal Rights 
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. 
Yours sincerely 
Stephanie Harris 
Head of Accountability, BBC News 
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 BBC. 

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 and 
S4C are the only broadcasters 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 
Information operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week handling telephone and written comments 
and queries, and the BBC’s website 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 or contact BBC Information. 
The Act does apply to all of the other information we hold about the management and running of the 
The BBC 
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