Funding flowing from BBC to BritBox

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I am aware that the BBC is funded through a combination of Grant-in-Aid from the DCMS and the Department for Work and Pensions, as well as revenue generated from commercial activities.

On the BBC website at:

it is stated that "...the BBC holds 10% of the equity. The BBC has an option to acquire additional shares over time up to 25% in total..."

My FOI request is relating to:

(a) How that original 10% equity stake was funded, was any funding received from 'Grant-in-Aid' funds?
(b) Is there any past, present or future expenditure from 'Grant-in-Aid' funds made either to or made as a benefit to BritBox SVOD Ltd, BritBox LLC, BBC Studios Ltd, BBC Studios Productions Ltd or BBC Studios Distribution Ltd.

Note, that as Section 2 of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921, requires the BBC to prepare a Trust Statement to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs relating to the collection and settlements of Licence Fees and the revenue income and expenditure and cash flows for the financial year that it is my belief that this information should be readily at hand.

Yours faithfully,

Dave McIntyre

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Dave McIntyre

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 17 April 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 RFI20200479.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP
Email: [BBC request email]

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr McIntyre,


Please find attached the response to your requests for information,
reference RFI2020479 and RFI20200480.


Yours sincerely


BBC Information Rights

Room BC2 A4

Broadcast Centre

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W12 7TS



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