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Information Policy & Compliance
Mr Wayne Tully
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
09 August 2017
Dear Mr Tully,
Freedom of Information Act 2000 – RFI20171010
Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act (‘the Act’) of 12 July 2017,
seeking the following:
1) Does the BBC receive tickets for Wimbledon?
2) If yes, how many for each day?
3) Are the tickets given to presenters or other staff?
4) if yes, how are tickets allocated?
5) Why aren't tickets offered to licence fee payers, in view of the fact that the licence fee
payer funds the BBC?
6) When a BBC weather presenter finishes their programme broadcast (e.g. 11/07/17 -
Carol) do they then stay at Wimbledon and claim expenses from the BBC for meals etc?
Response to Q1- 4
It is normal business practice for all broadcast rights holders to be provided with
complimentary tickets to sports events. We can confirm that BBC Sport receives such tickets
as part of its rights contract with the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC).
Tickets are used by BBC Sport for legitimate business purposes, staff reward or offered for
personal use in return for a charitable donation. For example, at Wimbledon 2016, 421 tickets
across the 14 days of play were allocated on this basis.
BBC Sport also utilised some of the tickets it received from the AELTC for production
purposes. Where BBC Sport uses tickets for production purposes, the information is
excluded from the Act because it is held for the purposes of ‘journalism, art or literature.’
Part VI of Schedule 1 to the Act 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 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.
Response to Q5
The BBC is not permitted to sell Wimbledon tickets to members of the public - the sale of
Wimbledon tickets to members of the public is the responsibility of the AELTC.
Response to Q6
The information sought in question number 6 is excluded from the Act because it is
information held for the purposes of ‘journalism, art or literature’. The BBC is therefore not
obliged to provide it to you and will not be doing so on this occasion. Part VI of Schedule 1 to
the Act 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”. Accordingly, the BBC is not required by the Act to disclose information that is
held for the purposes of creating its output or information that supports, and/or is closely
associated with these creative activities.
That said, any expenses claimed by any on-air and off-air production staff would be done in
accordance with the BBC’s expenses guidelines (a copy of which is available at http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/foi/classes/policies_procedures/bbc_expenses_policy.pdf)
The above should not be taken as confirmation that any claims were made.
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 SK9 5AF. Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625
545 745 (national rate) or see http://www.ico.gov.uk/.
Please note that the BBC does not offer an internal review when the information requested is
not covered by the Act. If you disagree with our decision your right of appeal is directly to
the Information Commissioner. Should the Information Commissioner’s Office decide that the
Act does cover this information, exemptions under the Act might then apply.
Chief Adviser & Business Manager, BBC Sport
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
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
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