Religious make up editorial staff and presenting staff in BBC Northern Ireland. Please give separate answers.

The request was refused by British Broadcasting Corporation.

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,
1.Can you tell me the number of editorial staff in the news department in BBC Northern Ireland and the religious makeup.
2. Can you tell me the number of presenters of news in BBC Northern Ireland and the religious makeup.

Please answer each request separately.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Jones

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Robert,

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 14/04/19. 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 RFI20190654.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

BBC Freedom of Information
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London W12 7TP

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Email: [BBC request email]

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Dear Mr Jones,

                                            

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20190654.

 

Yours sincerely

 

BBC Information Rights

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Broadcast Centre

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London

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UK

 

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Dear FOI Enquiries,
I am not asking for individual people`s names or religions. I am asking for separate figures for two groups of people. 1 The editorial staff and 2 the Presenting staff.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Jones

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Jones,

If you are not satisfied that we have complied with the Act in responding to your request, you have the right to an internal review by a BBC senior manager or legal adviser. Please contact us at the address above, explaining what you would like us to review and including your reference number.

If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner. The contact details are: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, Tel: 0303 123 1113 or see https://ico.org.uk/.

Yours sincerely,

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

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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 'Religious make up editorial staff and presenting staff in BBC Northern Ireland. Please give separate answers.'.

It is absolutely essential in a place like Northern Ireland that there is no religious bias. I asked you for numbers of employees in each department and religious breakdown of each department (in the news department). The BBC news department shows bias to one point of view in Northern Ireland by its selection of news and the way it is portrayed. You already employ significantly more Catholics than Protestants in BBC Northern Ireland in total from previous answers to a FOI request submitted by me, where a significant number did not appear to have any religion. I have been refused the information on the grounds that people will be somehow identified which I do not understand. If people do not have to show a religious preference, it seems to me you have a system that is open to abuse.

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

Yours faithfully,

Robert Jones

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Jones,

We have received your request for an internal review which was received on 18 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 IR2019020.

Yours sincerely,

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

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Jones,

Apologies for our delay in responding to your FOI Internal Review.

We are processing the review and aim to respond by the end of next week

Sincerely

Information Rights

BBC Legal

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Dear Mr Jones,

 

Please see attached the BBC’s internal review of its response to your
request for information – RFI20190438.

 

Sincerely

 

BBC Information Rights

BBC Legal