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How many Licenses have been cancelled since Feb 1st

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please can you tell me how many TV licenses have been cancelled since Feb 1st?

Yours faithfully,

Chris burton

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Chris,

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 28/03/19. 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 RFI20190550.

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]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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Philp Searle left an annotation ()

It would be intersting to compare BBC statistics from a previous request made in 2019 which (BBC) stated as having 25 million license fee holders registered.
See; https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/5...

As for future TV licsense fee cancellations it could be embaressingly high for the BBC to admit a dramatic fall in TV audience numbers. However it is clear that the non paying Radio audience is in free fall. The BBC protests at its fall from grace and infleunce amongst the under 35's (hence James Purnell thrashing about with distorted programme funding to attract a more youthfull audience). Ironically its the older TV licse payer that funds (indifferently) the BBC coverage - even though it's not watched due to NETFLIX or AMAZON or anything else.

We shall see if they admit to any fall at all. Statistics prove a fall but TV licsense fees are holding up as long as they can claim to be 'the nations favorite broadcaster' which of course it is not.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Chris

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20190550.

 

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights

 

BBC Freedom of Information

BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]

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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 'How many Licenses have been cancelled since Feb 1st'.

I wish to find out the figures for March 2019 in addition to February which you claim are already published.

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

Yours faithfully,

Chris Burton

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Chris,

In our response to RFI20190550 we explained we were refusing to disclose the number of licences cancelled in March as they would be published in the future (as such we relied on the section 22 exemption).

They are not currently published.

Can you confirm if you still wish to submit an internal review of our decision to apply section 22 to part of your request?

Yours sincerely,

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

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Yes I would like an internal review please. Unless you are able to provide a date of publication for the required data that your statement is too vague.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Burton

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Burton,

We have received your request for an internal review which was received on 29 April 2019. We shall deal with the review as promptly as possible and, at the latest, within 20 working days. If you have any queries please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your internal review is IR2019021.

Yours sincerely,

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

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Philp Searle left an annotation ()

In last weeks Sunday Times an ex BBC Director admitted the following (as this was published this week, there is no reason to withhold the TV license figures under FOI rules. No wonder they are stalling.

The BBC should be able to confirm the following 'crisis' .

(1) TV license cancellations (amongst the under 75’s) rose from 860,192 in 2017-18 to 882,198 in March 2018. So its a compound increase with nobody wanting to pay for a TV license and Youths unable to pay (or won’t) pay for a License. However it’s much worse than that. BBC TV audience figures are falling and the Radio figures are even worse.

(2) Loss of TV license fees equates to an annual loss of £880 million in lost revenue. Interestingly Mosley criticised “the dumbing-down of news and ‘the nonsense put on social media by the BBC”.

Amongst a number of 'other' admissions on 'management' and 'other' questionable practices deniable under FOI

Roger Mosey (quoted in The Sunday Times)
The Times reference:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/crisi...

Dear FOI Enquiries,

By law, a response should have been received by now, you also outside the deadline for your own internal review.

This request will be escalated as a formal complaint to the ICO if a satisfactory response isn't received by close of business on 31st May.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Burton

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 'How many Licenses have been cancelled since Feb 1st'.

A review was requested on 29th April. It's now in excess of 20 working days, you have broken the law.

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

Yours faithfully,

Chris Burton

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Chris,

Please note there is no statutory deadline for undertaking internal reviews however the ICO has issued guidance which states internal reviews should take no longer than 20 working days in most cases, or 40 in exceptional circumstances.

We are currently still working on your request and aim to have a response to you as soon as possible.

If you remain unhappy with the BBC's response you can contact the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

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

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

As this request for review is now over 20 working days, please can you justify how you consider this simple request to be 'exceptional'?

Yours sincerely,

Chris Burton

Phil Maynard left an annotation ()

British Broadcasting Corporation 30 April 2019:

"We shall deal with the review as promptly as possible and, at the latest, within 20 working days".

A month later and no review, despite the bald statement that 20 working days is "at the latest". If ever evidence was needed that the BBC lies through its corporate teeth, here it is.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Chris Burton,

Please find attached the response to your request for an internal review,
reference IR2019021.

Regards,

 

Information Rights

 

BBC Freedom of Information

BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

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