Money Spent By BBCNI on sending Natasha Sayee to Mauritius

stevie_huge made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Can you advise how much money has been spent by BBC Newsline on sending Natasha Sayee to Mauritius to cover the Michaeal McAreavey murder trial? Please break the information down into cost of flights, cost of hotels and sundry expenses.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Hughes

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Stephen,

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 21st June 2012. 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 RFI20120674.

Kind regards,

The Information Policy & Compliance Team
BBC Freedom of Information
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Dear Mr Hughes

 

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20120674

 

Yours sincerely

Rebecca Turner

 

BBC Information Policy and Compliance

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201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TS, UK

 

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi

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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 'Money Spent By BBCNI on sending Natasha Sayee to Mauritius'.

Having taken advice from the ICO I am requesting a review of your decision to withhold this information as it is held for journalism, art or literature.
I have no intention of using this information for journalism, art or literature. I believe that it is in the publics interest to know how much money was spent by the BBC on sending a journalist to Mauritius for 2 months and on what the money was spent.
It is my contention that this information is not held by the BBC for journalism, art or literature but that it should be held for good accounting purposes.
Therefore I am requesting that you reconsider your decision to withhold this information and release the requested information or I will have to lodge a complaint with the ICO.

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

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Hughes

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Hughes,

Thank you for your email below, in which you request an internal review to our response to RFI20120674, in which we explained that we would not be providing the information that you requested as we consider that it is excluded from the Act.

The BBC does not offer an internal review when the information requested is not covered by the Act. If you disagree with our decision you can appeal to the Information Commissioner. Contact details are:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone 01625 545 700
http://www.ico.gov.uk

Please note that should the Information Commissioner’s Office decide that the Act does cover this information, exemptions under the Act might then apply.

It may be helpful if I explain that the BBC considers that the derogation protects the journalistic, artistic and literary integrity of the BBC by securing a creative and journalistic space for programme makers to produce material for broadcast free from interference by those who would seek to influence our output. The BBC's understanding of the scope of the derogation has been informed by numerous cases, including the recent consideration by the Supreme Court, in the case of Sugar (deceased) v British Broadcasting Corporation and another [2012] UKSC 4, of the Schedule 1 'derogation' for the public service broadcasters in relation to journalism. Lord Phillips noted the BBC’s ‘important right to freedom of expression’ and the link between Schedule 1 of the Act and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Additionally, as also recognised by the Supreme Court, it recognizes that public service broadcasters caught by the Act (BBC, Channel 4, S4C, MG Alba) should not be placed at a disadvantage to their commercial competitors.

In practical terms, the BBC has interpreted this to mean that we are not required to supply information held for the purposes of creating the BBC's output or information that supports or is closely associated with these activities. This extends to programme finance information, such as production and talent costs, as considered by the High Court in BBC v Information Commissioner [2009] EWHC 2348 (Admin).

You might find it useful to review the Decision Notices from the Information Commissioner, regarding the application of the derogation to information held by the BBC. These Decision Notices can be found at the following URL: http://www.ico.gov.uk/tools_and_resource... - using the search function, if you select the BBC as the 'Authority' and FOI 1 as the 'Section' you will find a number of relevant Decision Notices.

Yours Sincerely,
Rebecca Turner

BBC Information Policy and Compliance
Room 2252, White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS, UK

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: mailto:[BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2883
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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