Downloads of Chequered flag podcast

Richard Gawthrop made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

How many downloads does the Chequered Flag Podcast get per episode. I would like to know the average per episode and if possible a range from the lowest show downloads to the highest downloaded show number.

Yours faithfully,
Richard Gawthrop

FOI Undercover left an annotation ()

This information is not covered by FOI because it is held to an extent for the purposes of art, literature or journalism. The BBC will refuse to respond and if you complain to the ICO they will uphold the refusal. There are countless previous examples - eg and

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Gawthrop,

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 3 January 2017.  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 RFI2017006.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

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Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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James Cridland left an annotation ()

The Information Commissioner has agreed that audience consumption data is not applicable to the FoI.

Podcast download data used to be public, but all of it stopped being updated in 2012.

Data around the iPlayer (tv) is still published: - and, of course, radio and TV consumption is published by RAJAR and BARB respectively.

The BBC don't, however, normally release specific data on individual programmes (except for bragging purposes). That is probably fair enough. However, I think it would be consistent were the BBC to release the "top 20 podcasts" on a monthly basis, alongside iPlayer (tv). I'm writing an article for podcasting newsletter about this, and have asked the BBC for comment.