Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

How many members of the BBC News Board/Team and Executive Board/Team are members of the Society of Editors?

How many of those had their memberships paid for either directly or indirectly by the BBC, e.g. refunded through expenses?

What is the ROI to the BBC in paying for Society of Editors membership?

What other professional subscriptions does the BBC pay on behalf of News Board/Team and Executive Board/Team members?

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 28th February 2016. 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 RFI20160373

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The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
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London W12 7TP

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

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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Dear S Craig

 

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20160373.

 

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BBC Workplace and Information Rights
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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

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

I request an internal review of the British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'BBC Society of Editors Memberships'.

My request pertains to individuals in BBC executive and administrative roles. I have not asked about categories of employees involved in the production of journalism, arts or literature.

The Society of Editors sets out its stall offering political activism and personal networking. ​I note that membership depends upon approval by the Board. It is a cosy, exclusive club. If BBC executives want to be members, and at licence fee payer expense, we should know who they are and what benefit the BBC (and we) gain from it.

The BBC News website shows the Society's contribution to BBC journalism to be the promotion of its own agenda -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25559114
The Executive Director of the Society of Editor dismissed as "nonsense" complaints of "racist" and "xenophobic" coverage of Romanians.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24504616
The Executive Director of the Society of Editors opposes the government's proposed royal charter on newspaper regulation saying it means "you wouldn't have a free press".

Neither of these stories declare that senior BBC editors belong to this group, whether in a personal or professional capacity, or that the Society requires of its members "full support and endorsement for [its] aims and objectives."

Only one BBC senior manager discloses membership in their published declaration of personal interests. Other Society members do not declare their membership despite holding executive positions in the BBC which provides a platform for the promotion of the Society of Editors' political agenda.

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

Yours faithfully,

S Craig

Dear FOI Enquiries,

March 12 I requested an internal review. When will the BBC respond?

Yours sincerely,

S Craig

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear S Craig

As per our email to you of 15th March, 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.

The contact details are: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 (national rate) or see 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.

Kind regards

BBC Information Rights

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