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Information Policy & Compliance 
Lee Manning 
2 November 2015 
Dear Mr Manning, 
Freedom of Information Request - RFI20151777 
Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) dated 24 
October, seeking the following information: 
‘Tony Hall dismissed John Linwood for project failure on the DMI Project. What was the cost of making 
this hasty decision including defending the case in court and payment of damages to Mr Linwood?’ 
We are withholding information regarding payments to Mr Linwood under section 40(2) (personal 
information) of the Act. Under section 40(2) of the Act, personal information about identifiable 
living individuals is exempt if disclosure to a third party would breach one or more principles in 
the Data Protection Act 1998. The individuals concerned would not expect their personal data to 
be disclosed to a third party. To do so would be unfair; therefore, disclosure would breach the 
First Data Protection Principle (fair and lawful processing). 
The BBC’s legal fees in relation to Mr Linwoods case were £415k (plus VAT). 
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Yours sincerely 
Information Policy & Compliance