BBC Position On Homosexuality And Paedophilia

Sean Moran made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

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The request was refused by British Broadcasting Corporation.

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Firstly is the BBC impartial on the links between homosexuality and paedophilia?

Secondly if the BBC is claiming that homosexuality and paedophilia aren't linked, could you please provide the scientific studies that claim is based on?

Yours faithfully,

Sean Moran

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Moran,

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 29th December 2013. 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 RFI20131963.

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

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

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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Dear Mr Moran,

 

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20131963.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

The Information Policy and Compliance Team

 

BBC Information Policy and Compliance

Room BC2 B6 Broadcast Centre

Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

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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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'BBC Position On Homosexuality And Paedophilia'.

This is a totally reasonable request so please provide the information requested.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Sean Moran

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Moran,

Thank you for your email below, in which you request an internal review to our response to RFI20131963, in which we explained that we would not be providing the information that you requested as we consider that it is excluded from the Act.

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.

It may be helpful if I explain that the BBC considers that the derogation protects the journalistic, artistic and literary integrity of the BBC by securing a creative and journalistic space for programme makers to produce material for broadcast free from interference by those who would seek to influence our output. The BBC's understanding of the scope of the derogation has been informed by numerous cases, including the recent consideration by the Supreme Court, in the case of Sugar (deceased) v British Broadcasting Corporation and another [2012] UKSC 4, of the Schedule 1 'derogation' for the public service broadcasters in relation to journalism. Lord Phillips noted the BBC’s ‘important right to freedom of expression’ and the link between Schedule 1 of the Act and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Additionally, as also recognised by the Supreme Court, it recognizes that public service broadcasters caught by the Act (BBC, Channel 4, S4C, MG Alba) should not be placed at a disadvantage to their commercial competitors.

In practical terms, the BBC has interpreted this to mean that we are not required to supply information held for the purposes of creating the BBC's output or information that supports or is closely associated with these activities. This extends to programme finance information, such as production and talent costs, as considered by the High Court in BBC v Information Commissioner [2009] EWHC 2348 (Admin).

You might find it useful to review the Decision Notices from the Information Commissioner, regarding the application of the derogation to information held by the BBC. These Decision Notices can be found at the following URL: http://www.ico.gov.uk/tools_and_resource... - using the search function, if you select the BBC as the 'Authority' and FOI 1 as the 'Section' you will find a number of relevant Decision Notices.

Yours sincerely,

The Information Policy and Compliance Team

BBC Information Policy and Compliance
Room BC2 B6 Broadcast Centre
Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: mailto:[BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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