Popmaster

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The request was refused by British Broadcasting Corporation.

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please provide copies of the contracts or other formal agreements the BBC has with Popmaster Trading Ltd (company 08183157) and Popmaster Official Ltd (company 11762575). This information to include details of termination of said contracts.

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr A Willmore,

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 22 January 2023. 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 RFI20230107.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

BBC Freedom of Information
BBC Legal
1st Floor, BBC Wogan House,
99 Great Portland Street
London
W1W 7NY
www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [email address]

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

I calculate that 25 working days have elapsed since I submitted my request. Please indicate when I may expect to receive a response.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

Dear FOI Enquiries,

I calculate that 30 working days have elapsed since I submitted my request. Please indicate when I may expect to receive a response.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr A Willmore,

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your FOI Request. We are continuing to process it as a priority and will issue our response in due course.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights, BBC Legal
First Floor | Wogan House | 99 Great Portland Street | London | W1W 7NY

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

I calculate that 49 working days have elapsed since I submitted my request. Please indicate when I may expect to receive a response.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

Dear FOI Enquiries,

I calculate that 55 working days have elapsed since I submitted my request. Please indicate when I may expect to receive a response.

Thank you.

I would ask for an Internal Review but past experience suggests that would just delay your tardy response even more.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

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 'Popmaster'.

This request was originally submitted on 22nd January 2023 and no response has so far been forthcoming. BBC FOI sent an apology for the delay over a month ago, 7th March, with the reassurance "We are continuing to process it as a priority and will issue our response in due course.".

As of today, I calculate that at least 55 working days have passed since the request was submitted, which is simply unacceptable.

Despite numerous invitations to provide me with an expected or possible response date no such date has been provided.

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

Please do not allow this internal review to impede the glacial progress of my original request.

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear A Willmore,

 

Thank you for your request for an internal review into the handling of
your FOI request. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible.
We aim to respond within 20 working days of receipt but please note that
public authorities can take up to 40 working days for complex reviews. If
you have any queries about your request for internal review, please
contact us at the email address [1][BBC request email], quoting your
reference number IR2023017.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights, BBC Legal

Address: First Floor | Wogan House | 99 Great Portland Street | London |
W1W 7NY

 

 

 

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

I calculate that an outrageous 70 working days have elapsed since I submitted my request. Please indicate when I may expect to receive a response.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

BBC FOI Enquiries,

I calculate that at least 75 working days have now elapsed since I submitted my request, making a mockery of your "at the latest within 20 working days" timescale given to me back on 23rd January.

Again, I ask, please indicate when I may expect to receive a response. A response would be nice.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Willmore,

 

I refer to your request for an internal review of the BBC's handling of
your FOI request dated 22 January 2023.

 

Please see attached the BBC's internal review decision (IR2023017).

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights, BBC Legal

Address: First Floor | Wogan House | 99 Great Portland Street | London |
W1W 7NY

 

 

Dear FOI Enquiries,

Many thanks for your response to my request for an internal review. Its contents comes as no surprise, of course. At least I can now refer it to the ICO for their attention.

I noted this comment in particular: "Please accept our apologies for this delay. I understand the response is being processed and will be sent to you shortly". It was two months ago, back on 7th March, that you told me "Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your FOI Request. We are continuing to process it as a priority and will issue our response in due course.".

Empty words.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

BBC FOI Enquiries,

I've honestly lost count now of the number of working days that have pased since I submitted my request, it must be around 80+ by now.

From the Internal Review of 4th May: " I understand the response is being processed and will be sent to you shortly". Nothing yet, so was that truth, or lie?

Again, I ask, please indicate when I may expect to receive a response. A response of any kind would be nice.

Submitted to the ICO for review on 8th May.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Willmore,

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your request. We are treating it as a priority and are aiming to have our response to you by the end of this week. If we can't meet that we will provide a further update on Friday.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights, BBC Legal
First Floor | Wogan House | 99 Great Portland Street | London | W1W 7NY

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No coincidence, I feel, that this apology was posted on the same day as I received an email from the ICO saying "I have contacted the public authority and asked it to respond to your
request within 10 working days.".

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr A Willmore,

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information
reference RFI20230107.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights, BBC Legal

First Floor | Wogan House | 99 Great Portland Street | London | W1W 7NY

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Four months to say "No". Really? I was expecting you to say that my request had been delayed due to in-depth legal arguments about whether the information I asked for could be released. Instead it took four months to simply bat it away using a technicality.

If there was a FOI complaints process I would us e it. The BBC never fails to disappoint.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

A Willmore left an annotation ()

Reported BBC's response to ICO, this was their response:

"Thank you for letting us know that you have now received a response. We have recorded the timeliness breach on our trackers. We use intelligence we gather from individual cases to inform our insight and compliance function. This helps us meet the goal in our ‘Openness by Design’ strategy to improve standards of accountability, openness and transparency in a digital age. We aim to increase the impact of FOIA and EIR enforcement activity by targeting public authorities’ systemic non-compliance."

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request a second internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'Popmaster'.

My request was submitted and acknowledged on 23rd January 2023.

On 7th March you told me "Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your FOI Request. We are continuing to process it as a priority and will issue our response in due course.".

On 11th April I submitted a request for an Internal Review.

In your response of 4th May I was told ". I understand the response is being processed and will be sent to you shortly."

In your much-delayed response to my FOI request you finally told me "If held, the information you have requested is held for the purposes of ‘art, journalism or literature’".

Your responses of 7th March and 4th May suggested, to me at least, that a meaningful reply was to be anticipated. The "art, journalism or literature" derogation could have been used on either of those dates, or indeed, on the 24th January.

Please investigate and explain why it took somebody four months to compose this single cut-and-paste sentence.

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

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Willmore,

 

Thank you for your email requesting an internal review into the handling
of your recent request made under the Freedom of Information Act. As
stated in the Appeal Rights included in our response, the BBC does not
offer an internal review when the information requested is not covered by
the Act. However, 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, tel: 0303
123 1113  or see [1]http://www.ico.org.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.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights, BBC Legal

Address: First Floor | Wogan House | 99 Great Portland Street | London |
W1W 7NY

 

 

 

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am again writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'Popmaster'.

To be absolutely crystal clear, I am asking for an Internal Review in to your handling of my FOI request, not the request itself. Your response to the latter is clear and unambiguous.

I would like to know why it took four months to reject my request when that response could have been given so much sooner and have avoided wasting my time, your time, and that of the ICO.

My request for an Internal Review stands and relates only to your handling of my request. I would be happy to do this as a new FOI request if you prefer.

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

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Willmore

Dear FOI Enquiries,

Five months on, and I am just wondering how my Internal Review is progressing, acknowledged by you on 19th May 2023.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Willmore,

 

Thank you for your email. As stated in our email below, and also in the
Appeal Rights included in our original response, the BBC does not offer an
internal review when the information requested is not covered by the Act.
However, 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, tel: 0303
123 1113  or see [1]http://www.ico.org.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.

 

We are aware that you had previously requested an internal review
(IR2023017) into the handling of your original request (RFI20230107) with
regards to time compliance. This was responded to on 04 May 2023.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights, BBC Legal

Address: First Floor | Wogan House | 99 Great Portland Street | London |
W1W 7NY

 

 

 

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