Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I would like to know the cost, if any, that Formula One Management (FOM) will be charging the BBC to show both live and pre-recorded practice, qualifying and race video footage from the 2012 Formula 1 season.
If advance costing for 2012 season is not yet available a round-up of the 2011 season will suffice

Yours faithfully,

Steve Pope

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Pope

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<<RFI20111591 - final response.pdf>>

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steve pope left an annotation ()

''The information you have requested is excluded from the Act because it is held for the purposes of ‘journalism, art or literature.’

It's a BBC catch-all whitewash response, they seem to turn it out time and time again for FOI requests
So despite the fact they are spending public money (thanks to the unique way the BBC is funded) they can't tell us how much it they're spending in this case.
Now, the question is, do I consider appealing...........

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

You're right Steve. "Exempt because it's held for the purposes of journalism, art or literature" = "Can't be arsed to give a proper reply because it might embarrass us"

The BBC use this canned excuse to refuse almost half the FOIA requests they received. Amazingly they confirmed that in an FOIA response!

steve pope left an annotation ()

''educate, inform, entertain'' --I think they're failing on their second mandate detail.

so an extensive trawl through the magic interweb brings me

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

and

http://www.touchline.tv/motorsport/formu...

Thus it appears the figure of around £60M year was the cost to Auntie Beeb fo rF1 cover per year. Obviously this is just an overall figure and not a breakdown of what goes where - i.e presenter/crew salaries, travel, EXPENSES, and of course the slice that FOM takes.

Enter James Allen's F1 knowledgeable F1 site: http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2011/07/ta...

who gives a little more information with

''The F1 rights will be costing somewhere in the region of £45 million a year and looking at the scale of the production and the staffing levels, that’s probably another £8 to £10 million a year.''

And I have the beginnings of a figure. Now why can't the BBC tell me that? Methinks appeal is in order so I can present the figures they can't tell to them.....

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