Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

1) As of 11 April 2021, how many complaints has the BBC received relating to the coverage of the death of Prince Philip?

2) Of these complaints, how may relate to what might be called excessive coverage?

3) Please supply any analysis made of the nature of these complaints.

4) Please supply any decisions made in the light of these complaints and the analysis of them.

5) Please supply any documents that clarify plans and decisions made in preparation for the the death of the Prince that relate to suspension of normal programming.

6) Please supply documents that record decisions made relating to changes to normal programing after the news of the Prince's death emerged.

In particular, I wish to understand at what level decisions were made.

The information requested includes but is not limited to guidance, memos, minutes and emails.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Burns

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Paul Burns,

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 11 April 2021. 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 RFI20210588.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

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

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

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Dear Mr Burns,

                                            

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20210588.

 

Yours sincerely

 

BBC Information Rights

Room BC2 A4

Broadcast Centre

White City

London

W12 7TS

UK

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]

 

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Dear FOI Enquiries,
Thank you for your reply on April 23rd.

I note that the link you provided leads to a page with no meaningful information about the complaints received by the BBC relating to the death of Prince Philip.

I asked questions that are distinct from journalism, or art and literature.

And while the FOI make certain exemptions, as your reply states, the BBC seeks to be open and accountable.

The complaints I asked about also related to alterations in scheduling.

I therefore ask now for:

1) The most up to date analysis of complaints received by the BBC relating its response to the death of Prince Philip and any reports submitted to managers or the governing body of the BBC.

2) The policy decisions made in advance of the death of Prince Philip relating to changes in scheduling and the rationale for depriving licence payers of many hours of scheduled programs.

The information requested includes but is not limited to guidance, memos, minutes and emails.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Burns

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Paul Burns

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 11.05.2021.  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 RFI20210821.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

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

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

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Paul Burns,

                                            

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20210821.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights

 

BBC Freedom of Information

BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]

 

 

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Thank you for your reply received today via What Do They Know.

As your reply did not deal with the way programmes were rescheduled, I began a complaint to the Information Commissioner.

However, this cannot proceed until I have asked the BBC to undertake an internal review of my rejected request.

Please either conduct a review or re-confirm that you have no plans to undertake one

Yours sincerely,

Paul Burns

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Paul Burns,

 

Thank you for your email. As stated in our response, the BBC does not
offer an internal review when the information requested is not covered by
the Act. However, if you disagree with our decision you can appeal to the
Information Commissioner using the following contact details: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, tel: 0303 123 1113 or see [1]http://www.ico.org.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights, BBC Legal

BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TP

 

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Thank you for your prompt but further unhelpful reply.

I have submitted a complaint to the ICO about the BBC using "journalism" to avoid answering questions about managerial decisions relating to drastic changes in scheduling.

Yours sincerely,
Paul Burns