Consultation for disclosure of results of operation for online

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Dear Sir or Madam,

According to the Statement of Operation for Online,[1] the BBC operates a very detailed database of whole website commissions, creative inputs, content ingest costs, application technologies, content rights, customised software licences and contractors/freelancer/sole traders engaged on a "deliverables" basis -- in order to verify its Quota Requirement of External Spend on Future Media & Technology, which was reported as being 31% in the Annual Report and Accounts 2007/08.

Paragraph 3.7 of the Statement of Operation says:

"After considerable consultation with the new media industry, it was agreed that publishing the following performance metrics will be helpful to the industry whilst not compromising commercial confidentiality:

* Total BBC spend on its online services
* Total excluded activity
* Total eligible external spend and percentage attained
* Headline performance by BBC division
* A breakdown of eligible spend by project type
* % of spend of commissions from the Approved Supplier List
* Freelancer spend
* Number of new media suppliers contracted over a 12 month period
* Number of new media suppliers not previously contracted by the BBC
* A national/regional breakdown of commissions"

(I have not as yet been able to find any details of these performance metrics on any BBC or trust web-page.)

May I please have have a copy of all reports, arguments, advice, and evidence supplied by the interested parties within the new media industries to the BBC as part of the aforementioned "considerable consultation"?

[1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/commissioning/futur...

Yours faithfully,

Julian Todd.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Todd,
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, about New Media Performance Metrics, which was
received on the 14th July '08. We shall 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 RFI20080766
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Dear Mr Todd,

Please find attached the response to your request for information which
has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

<<RFI20080766 - final response.pdf>> <<RFI20080766 - Disclosure Document -
BBC External Spend Performance Data 0708.pdf>>

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Thank you for your partial reply to my request for details about the "considerable consultation with the new media industry" where "it was agreed that publishing the following performance metrics will be helpful to the industry whilst not compromising commercial confidentiality."

I was told that the information provided as part of the consultation process is held by multiple departments within the BBC and by third parties, so it would exceed the limit for dealing with my request.

The total lack of transparency expressed in the policy about who receives these contracts and what each one is for is a serious matter, and quite difficult to justify in the circumstances. The BBC is the customer and is able to set the terms in advance of how open they want to be about who they are contracting for these services -- and whether their entire database of jobs is posted on-line.

If this policy of secrecy resulted from consultations with outside businesses and potential contractors, there should at the very least be some accountability for who wanted it that way, and a statement of their reasons.

Therefore I am narrowing my FOI request from "all reports, arguments, advice, and evidence supplied by the interested parties" to

* any summary report of the consultations laying out the arguments for this policy of confidentiality

* any plans for when this policy could be reconsidered.

Yours sincerely,

Julian Todd.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Todd

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, about the BBC's consultation with the new media
industry, which was received on 21st August. We shall 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 RFI20080902.

Kind regards.

The Information Policy and Compliance Team
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Francis Irving left an annotation ()

Julian's blog post about this request:

http://www.freesteel.co.uk/wpblog/2008/0...

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Dear Mr Todd

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20080902

<<RFI20080902 - final response.pdf>>
Yours sincerely
Rachel Hallett

BBC Information Policy and Compliance
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Dear L Stiller,

Thank you for your reply dated 15 September 2008 to my FOI request (reference: RFI20080902). In it, you explained:

"""The consultation process was part of a BBC project looking at ways to increase transparency in the BBC’s activities without compromising commercial sensitivity and, therefore, we did not create the report you have requested."""

Please can you send me details about said BBC project looking at ways to increase transparency in its activities, including:

* the name or other identifier of the project, its correspondence address, its extent, and when it was initiated

* the list of legitimate issues this project considers would compromise commercial sensitivity

* the list of ways for increasing transparency in the BBC's activities which have so far been considered by this project

* the list of ways which have been accepted

* the list of ways which have been rejected, which commercial entities made objections, and their objections

* the future plans for this project.

Thank you for considering this request. I hope this information is available. It would seem reasonable that a project that is looking for ways to increase transparency should itself be transparent.

Yours sincerely,

Julian Todd

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Todd

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, which was received on 23rd September. We shall
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 RFI20081046.

Kind regards.


The Information Policy and Compliance Team BBC Freedom of Information

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Dear Mr Todd,

Please find attached the response to your request for information which
has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

<<RFI20081046 - final response.pdf>>

Kind Regards

Louise Wright
Information Policy and Compliance

BBC Freedom of Information
Room 2252, White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS, UK

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [2][BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2883
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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Julian Todd left an annotation ()

In summary, therefore, the BBC's "considerable consultation with the new media industry", which lead to the establishment of an unusually stringent level of confidentiality regarding their database of suppliers, consisted of a brief off-the-record working group which left no records or indication of who requested this level of confidentiality, and what their arguments were.

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