Emergency Broadcasting

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

What broadcast provisions are in place in the United Kingdom, in the event of an emergency? An emergency could include a severe weather warning (such as in the event of a hurricane, flooding, etc.), a terrorist attack, a child abduction emergency or the outbreak of war. Are there broadcast provisions in place that allow civil authorities to override broadcasts (either through radio or television) to broadcast emergency information for the aforementioned examples given? If such facilities are in place, are these on a regional basis or do they exist purely on a national level (i.e. as a singular entity)?

If such a facility is not in place, are there plans to implement such a system in the future? If there are, would this allow for the overriding of broadcasts, either by radio or television, by civil authorities?

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Slingsby

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Slingsby,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your request was received on 5 October 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 above address.

The reference number for your request is RFI20161916.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights, BBC Legal
BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TP

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Slingsby


Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20161917.



Yours sincerely,

The Information Policy and Compliance Team


BBC Information Policy and Compliance

BC2A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP, UK


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