BBC Crimwatch policies relating to police cases, appeals made to program which have a potential link to terrorism and or which are linked to terrorism.

The request was refused by British Broadcasting Corporation.

Martin McGartland

Martin McGartland

14 April 2017

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I would like all recorded information that the BBC hold relating to any policies which was, is in place between 1999 and 2017 relating to applications made by police which had a potential link to terrorism and or which were linked to terrorism.

Please also provide the following information:

Q1. Copies of all policies which relate to this request.

Q2. If BBC Crimewatch have ever, between 1999 and 2017, had any policy in place or understanding between them and the police that any appeals to the program which had a potential link to terrorism (or were terrorism related) would be refused, not considered for the program etc.

Q3. If BBC Crimewatch did have such a policy (or even an underestanding between them and police) in the past that any cases that had potential links to terrorism (were terrorism related) when did this change, what year.
(please supply copy of policy, further information)

Q4. Do BBC Crimewach now accept appeals from the police for the progam which are potentialy linked to terrorism. If not, please explain why not.

Q5. Do BBC Crimewach now accept appeals from the police for the progam which are linked to terrorism. If not, please explain why not.

Q6. Please disclose full details of how the police are required to make an application to BBC Crimewatch for an appeal to be broadcast on the program.
(Please also disclose copies of the blank forms, application that is required to be completed by police regards potential appeals, as well as copy of criteria which is required to be followed).

Q7. Has the way in which police forces apply, submit applications (regards Q6 above) to have cases, appeals on the program changed since 1999. If it has, please supply further information on what changes there have been.

Q8. The following are two recent cases which have featured as appeals on Crimewatch;

A: "Shot PSNI officer speaks in Crimewatch appeal" - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-irel...

B: "BBC Crimewatch appeal over Gerard 'Jock' Davison murder in Belfast" - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-irel...

I would like to know if similar appeals to A or B would have been allowed to feature on BBC Crimewatch program back in 1999 or 2000. If they would not have been, would you please explain why not. I would also like to know what has changed between 1999 / 2000 and 2017 to enable appeals such as A and B above (or similar) to now appear on the program.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Martin,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 14 April 2017.  We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20170561.

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team
Workplace & Information Rights, BBC Legal
BC2 A5, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Martin McGartland,

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20170561.

Yours sincerely,

The Information Policy and Compliance Team

Workplace & Information Rights, BBC Legal

BC2A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP, UK

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

Fax: 020 8008 2398

 

 

 

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Martin McGartland

Martin McGartland

16 May 2017

Dear FOI Enquiries,

I would like a review of this request on the grounds that the information, documents I have requested would not be exempt, the exemption/s cited would not be engaged.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Martin McGartland

Martin McGartland

30 June 2017

Dear FOI Enquiries,

This review should have been completed on or before 13 June 2017. Please let me have a reply.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Martin,

Thank you for your message

We refer you to the "Appeal Rights" section of our initial response to your FOI request (a copy of which is attached hereto):

"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, or, see www.ico.org.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."

Kind regards,

The Information Policy & Compliance Team
Workplace & Information Rights, BBC Legal
BC2 A5, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

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