Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,
1. How many complaints have been received to date about Laura Kuenssberg's question/s to President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May ?
2. What were the complaints?
Prime documents ( see notes below) if possible within the time constraint , BBC form of categorisation if not.
3 What was the cost of sending Laura Kuenssberg to the USA?
4. What was the cost of sending the BBC crew who attended the press conference to USA?
3/4 nb Total cost - including expenses
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Dear FOI Enquiries,
Thank you. You state:.
The limited application of the Act to public service broadcasters is to protect freedom of expression and the rights of the media, guaranteed under Article 10 European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”). The BBC, as a media organisation, is under a duty to impart information and ideas on all matters of public interest and the importance of this function has been recognised by the European Court of Human Rights. Maintaining our editorial independence is a crucial factor in enabling the media to fulfil this function.
Since the BBC has now been barred from USA presidential conferences, my contention is that the request comes within a public interest determination.
The request does not require knowledge the internal administration of any creative journalistic activities, just the number of complaints about this particular public event, already televised to millions of people. And associated costs.
That's a clear separation of creative processes, which are rightly guarded - and the external input from the public that the BBC has received as a response to the event.
- Unless the argument is that the BBC regards public complaints as part of the BBC 'creative journalistic process' and it also has 'editorial rights' over public complaints, who might well assume that their correspondence is not to be editorialised- without permission - or creatively corrected by the BBC, since copyright remains with the sender.
Please therefore confirm that your response is for me to forward the request as a complaint to the ICO, as your public complaints system is part of the BBC's 'journalistic creative editorial process' as a clarification.
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