Funeral Of Apprentice Boy Mr Herbie Hutton Belfast.

The request was refused by British Broadcasting Corporation.

Thomas Mc Geown

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

In the interests of impartiality and transparency. Can you please provide all of the information in relation to the BBCNI coverage of the Large Protestant, Loyalist funeral of Mr Herbie Hutton organised by the Apprentice Boys of Derry which took place in the Sandy Row area of Belfast, beside Belfast City Hospital Cancer Center ,during the ongoing Pandemic and in in clear breach of lock down regulations,with no social distancing and very little wearing of masks being evident, on the 15 Sept 2020, a ten minute walk from BBC Head Office in Belfast. Please include all the minutes of meetings between senior BBCNI management and reporters on the Good Morning Ulster programme including Chris Buckler . David Thompson Assistant Producer and Stephen Nolan presenter from the Nolan Show . Talkback Presenter William Crawley and the Talkback production team. These progammes have prime airtime slots on BBC Radio Ulsters daytime schedule. Clarity on on how coverage of this major Protestant Loyalist Funeral was to be handled by senior BBCNI management and presenters at Radio Ulster, needs to be provided in order to instill public confidence in the BBC brand and ensure is not further tarnished by accusations of of persistent sectarian anti Catholic discrimination and gaslighting ,in news coverage by senior management and presenters at BBCNI, particularly in relation to major Covid 19 funerals.

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Mc Geown

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Thomas

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 06 June 2021. 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 RFI20211003.

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Dear Mr Thomas Mc Geown,


Please find attached our response to your request for information
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