Blocking YouTube sites for public viewing

Pippa King made this Freedom of Information request to The Authority for Television On Demand
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Dear The Authority for Television On Demand,

Please reply to the following under the Freedom of Information Act.

1) Please advise fully why content from UK Column and Ian R Crane's Youtube channels have been censored, blocked for public viewing.

2) Please froward any documents relating to this decision.

3) Please advise any other Youtube Channels you have blocked for similiar reasons.

4) Please advise how you are funded.

Yours faithfully,

Pippa King

Graham Senior-Milne left an annotation ()

It seems to me that ATVOD is subject to the Freedom of Information Act either because it is a publicly-owned company under section 6 of the Act and/or because, by its remit (, para. 7(ii), it is obliged to comply with the statutory duties of Ofcom, including Ofcom's obligations under the Act.

Pippa King left an annotation ()

Hi Graham,

I think they should be too but please see this link for what appears to be the current situation.

I very strongly feel that if this body can take down YouTube channels, effectively censoring the Internet, and are not publicly accountable we have a very serious situation.

ATVOD, The Authority for Television On Demand

Dear Ms King,

Thank you for contacting ATVOD regarding “The UK Column”.

The Authority for Television On Demand (“ATVOD”) is co-regulator for the editorial content of certain UK video on demand services. Our website ( ) contains further information on the types of service that are regulated and the Rules with which regulated services must comply. ATVOD is a non-profit organisation, funded by the industry.

ATVOD received a complaint about the UK Column website in January 2014 and proceeded to investigate the service. This investigation resulted in a decision that the service was an ‘On Demand Programme Service’ requiring notification to ATVOD. For the full reasoning behind this decision, please see the published Determination:

Please note that during this process the service provider was invited to make written representations to ATVOD and did not do so. After receiving the Determination, the service provider was given the opportunity to appeal against the decision to Ofcom, but did not do so. As no appeal was made, and no notification received, ATVOD issued an ‘Enforcement Notification’ requiring the service provider to notify the service and pay the associated regulatory fee (details of ATVOD’s banded fee structure can be found at )

Please also note that at no point was the provider instructed to remove the service or any of its videos from YouTube. We would advise you to contact the UK Column directly for information on why the service has ceased to operate.

ATVOD does not consider it is covered by the FOI Act. However, we do attempt to respond to reasonable enquiries in a proportionate manner. With regard to your enquiry please note that all ATVOD Determinations are published on our website:
These Determinations identify the name of the party subject to a Determination and whether the determination resulted from a complaint.

Kind regards,

The Authority for Television On Demand Ltd
Registered in England and Wales no 5137314
27 Sheet Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1BN

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