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Julie Jones  
Email: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
 
23rd March 2011 
 
Dear Julie Jones, 
 
Freedom of Information request – RFI20110369  
 
Thank you for your request to the BBC of 21st March 2011, seeking the following information 
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:   
 
1)     Can you tell me if the Eggheads team are paid?  Do they get expenses? Do they get any 
other benefits in kind? 

 
The information you have requested is excluded from the Act because it is held for the purposes 
of ‘journalism, art or literature.’  The BBC is therefore not obliged to provide this information to 
you and will not be doing so on this occasion.  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”.  The BBC is not 
required 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.1   
 
Furthermore Eggheads is produced for the BBC by the independent production company 12 Yard 
Productions.   Under the “Terms of Trade for Independent Television Productions Commissioned 
by the BBC” the BBC pays an agreed licence fee for independent productions and therefore does 
not hold detailed production or cost information. 
 
You may not be aware that one of the main policy drivers behind the limited application of the Act 
to public service broadcasters was to protect freedom of expression and the rights of the media 
under Article 10 European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”).  The BBC, as a media 
                                                 
1 For more information about how the Act applies to the BBC please see the enclosure which follows this letter.  
Please note that this guidance is not intended to be a comprehensive legal interpretation of how the Act applies to the 
BBC. 
 
 

 
organisation, is under a duty to impart information and ideas on all matters of public interest and 
the importance of this function has been recognised by the European Court of Human Rights.  
Maintaining our editorial independence is a crucial factor in enabling the media to fulfil this 
function.  
 
That said, the BBC makes a huge range of information available about our programmes and 
content on bbc.co.uk. We also proactively publish information covered by the Act on our 
publication scheme and regularly handle requests for information under the Act.  
 
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. http://www.ico.gov.uk 
 
Please note that should the Information Commissioner’s Office decide that the Act does cover 
this information, exemptions under the Act might then apply. 
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
Lynne Connolly 
 
 
 
 
Cross Genre Project Manger 
BBC Vision 
 
 

 
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 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 Information. 
 
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 
service is Europe's most widely visited content site. 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. 
 
 
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