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14 June 2021
Dear John Smith Freedom of Information Request - RFI20210840
Thank you for your request to the BBC of 14th May 2021 seeking the following information
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’):
“Prior to the global COVID pandemic the Points West evening news programme in Bristol was
co presented by David and Alex. Fol owing social distancing it was understandable that the
presentation was reduced to one of the two of them on each show.
Over a year later this is continuing and a third presenter is frequently used for Friday evening.
As David and Alex are clearly working less in a presenter role I think expect that their salary
has been reduced accordingly.
Please can the BBC confirm:
1. Have either David or Alex’s working hours been reduced follow the decision to have one
presenter on the show.
2. If their hours have not been reduced, what additional activities are they performing in lieu
of the broadcast hours?
3. Have either David or Alex’s salaries been reduced to reflect the reduction in presenting
4. What were the presenters salary bands pre covid eg Dec 2019 and now eg Apr 2021. If
absolute figures cannot be provided, what is their salary now as a percentage of that in Dec
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