BBC News Hospitality 2014/15

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

How much was spent in total in 2014/15 on internal BBC hospitality on all charge codes associated with
- the Director of News,
- the office of the Director of News,
- central News Division administration,
- Senior Managers and all other staff working in the central administration of BBC News Division?

How many charge codes relate to theses individuals/business areas?

Break down total 2014/15 spend on
- Leadership/James Harding Lunches,
- Leadership/James Harding Breakfasts,
- Executive Board meetings,
- Future of News activities.

Yours faithfully,

S Craig

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear S Craig,

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 11th April 2015. 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 RFI20150585

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BBC Freedom of Information
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London W12 7TP

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Email: [BBC request email]

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The Information Policy and Compliance Team

 

BBC Information Policy and Compliance

BC2A4, Broadcast Centre

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Complaint made to the ICO.

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Complaint accepted by the ICO. An investigation is underway.

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The Office of the Information Commissioner advises that the BBC has requested an extension for its submission regarding this particular request. It may well be two or three weeks yet (or perhaps longer) before the ICO receives a response.

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Dear S Craig

Please see the further response to your request attached.

Yours sincerely

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

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The intervention of the ICO resulted in the BBC's admission that it spends a fair few licence fees on the lunches of senior executives who are paid enough to buy their own sandwiches.

Dear FOI Enquiries,

The BBC refused to provide the information I requested on the grounds that it was due to be published "shortly" on the BBC's Publication Scheme later this year.

That was in August.

The BBC has not published quarterly expenses since May 2015. Publication cannot be said to be "in line with established practice".

As the BBC has not publish this information "shortly" and has not done so in line with the time table in place since 2009, it is my opinion that you are withholding it and were less than truthful in your response to my complaint which was investigated by the ICO.

You refused my request on the grounds that there was no public interest in disclosing information ahead of the planned schedule. It is post the planned schedule by several months.​ ​

Will you either provide the answer to my questions​ or publish the information publicly online. Or do I renew my complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office and make an additional complaint to the BBC Trust for your less than honest response following the ICO's intervention?

Yours sincerely,

S Craig

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