Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I recently watched a YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP6gpER9...) in which Mr Alex Belfield makes reference at 05:25 to his own Freedom of Information request that concerns the late John Myers, Jeremy Vine, £1000 and an event at the London Palladium. Mr Belfield's words were "I've got the FOI, Jeremy, you can't deny it". At 06:00 Mr Belfield says "The BBC FOI, in writing, have said that they did".

I would be grateful for a copy of Mr Belfield's FOI request and your responses.

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr A Willmore

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 17th June 2020.  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 RFI20200794.

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 Wilmore,

                                            

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI2020794.

 

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,

Many thanks for your reply, I am very grateful.

Just for clarity, I would be additionally grateful if you would tell me, please, the name of the organisation (or person) to which the £1000 was donated. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr A Willmore

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 14 July 2020.  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 RFI20200979.

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 FOI Enquiries,

I have just been re-reading your response to my initial FOI request (RFI20200794). Included in your response was the following:

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The request to which you refer to was as follows:
“At the Arias st the London Palladium by the Radio Academy it was announced “the bbc gave
a donation” for the JM fund which was then given to charity.”
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It occurs to me that this might not be the full text of the original FOI request as it is no more than a statement and no request for information is actually made.

As part of my follow-up FOI request (RFI20200979) requesting details of the recipient of the £1000 I would also be very grateful if you would clarify what information was actually requested.

I am sorry for the delay in bringing this matter to you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr A Willmore

We can confirm that the following text that was included in your response RFI20200794, "At the Arias st the London Palladium by the Radio Academy it was announced “the bbc gave a donation” for the JM fund which was then given to charity" was the full request that was previously submitted to the BBC by another requestor.

In regards to your RFI20200979 we can confirm that your FOI request was logged as "just for clarity, I would be additionally grateful if you would tell me, please, the name of the organisation (or person) to which the £1000 was donated."

We hope this satisfies your queries below.

Kind regards

Information Rights
BBC Legal

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Many thanks your prompt attention.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Wilmore,

                                            

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20200979.

 

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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Pictures\BBC.png

 

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'Freedom of Information Request Request'.

My request asked: "Just for clarity, I would be additionally grateful if you would tell me, please, the name of the organisation (or person) to which the £1000 was donated.".

Your response was: "As we have previously stated, the BBC as well as a number of other media organisations made a contribution towards the John Myers memorial service. The balance was donated by the event organisers to the Northern Head & Neck Cancer Charity.".

Perhaps I did not make myself crystal clear, but I was looking for the name of the organisation (or person) (i.e. "the event organisers" to whom you referred in your reply to me) to which the contribution had been made for the event itself, and not for the name of the charity that then received "the balance" as a donation.

Therefore, I consider that you have not answered my request for information. Please do so by return.

Please also provide copies of all letter(s) or any other communications of authority allowing the BBC's contribution to be made (showing who authorised the contribution), and a copy of the paperwork (for example, a purchase order, and digital or otherwise) generated by the BBC's Accounts department in respect of this contribution.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr A Willmore

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 12 August 2020.  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 RFI20201213.

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 FOI Enquiries,

Errr... I asked for an internal review of RFI20200979. I did not ask for a new FOI request to be generated.

Please amend whatever it is you need to amend and deal with my internal review request promptly.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Sir/Madam

We have received your request for an internal review which was received on 12 August 2020. Please note we initially acknowledged this as an FOI request in error under RFI20201213 but we have now closed this and will now treat this request as an internal review under reference IR2020043.

We shall deal with the review as promptly as possible and, aim to respond at the latest, within 20 working days from the date of receipt. If you have any queries please contact us at the address below.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights

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

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

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Today is 14th September. You received my request for an internal review on 12th August and you indicated that you would "aim to respond at the latest, within 20 working days from the date of receipt". I calculate that 22 working days have now passed, taking in to account the August 31st Bank Holiday.

Please advise on the current status of the internal review by return and advise when I will receive the full result of your deliberations.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Sir/Madam

I refer to your request for an internal review of the BBC's decision with respect to your FOIA request (RFI20200979 / IR2020043).

Please see attached the BBC's internal review decision.

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

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Many thanks for sending me the result of your internal review. It answers my question.

However, I am left feeling that the whole experience was like the proverbial getting blood out of a stone and if that the web link you sent me in your review had been supplied earlier in our correspondence then both my time and yours would not have been wasted.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore