Senior executives, capabilities and disciplinaries

Spencer Count made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was refused by British Broadcasting Corporation.

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please tell me how many BBC staff on grades SM1, SM2 and Executive Board have between June 2003 and June 2013 been subject to

- capability procedures
- personal improvement plans
- disciplinary procedures
- dismissal

How many of these cases resulted in

- the imposition of a disciplinary penalty
- dismissal

Yours faithfully,

Spencer Count

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Count,

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 2nd August 2013. 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 RFI20131130.

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, 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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Dear FOI Enquiries,

This FoI request seems to be late. Can you please say when the information will be ready?

Yours sincerely,

Spencer Count

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Count,

Please find attached the response to your request for information, reference RFI20131130.

Yours sincerely,

The Information Policy and Compliance Team

BBC Information Policy and Compliance
BC2B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP, UK

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: mailto:[BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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Tufty Thesinger left an annotation ()

Spence, this is a rubbish response. Do not accept it. Section 40(2) does not apply. You did not ask for anyone's personal data. Moreover, the information you did ask for would not lead to anyone's identity or personal details becoming known. Or knowable to the public. The DPA would not be breached.

The BBC's claimed concern about a DPA breach is laughable. They breach the FOIA daily, as we see clearly here.

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 the handling of my FOI request 'Senior executives, capabilities and disciplinaries'.

My request has been refused on the grounds that it applies to a small number of people and that individuals could be identified.

I disagree. The request is very general and covers a period of 10 years, or 7 years since the records go back to 2006. I have not requested a breakdown by year, grade, division, type of penalty or any other indicator.

Also, the number of people on grades SM2, SM2 and Executive Board was widely reported in 2011 to be about 540. Accounting for the 20-per-cent reduction claimed since then, that would still leave well over 400 at the present time. And there were probably more at times prior to 2011. Plus the various comings and goings. In all, this is not a small number of people.

(As an aside, the word "dismissal" should, obviously, be deleted from the first part of the request.)

Accordingly, I hope that the internal review will agree and that the information as requested can be released.

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

Yours faithfully,

Spencer Count

Dear FOI Enquiries,

There has been no acknowledgement of the request for an internal review. Please confirm that the review is being carried out and say when it will be ready.

Yours sincerely,

Spencer Count

Dear FOI Enquiries,

There has still been no acknowledgement of the request for an internal review, let alone any sign of the review itself. You are well outside the timespans allowed by the Act.

Yours sincerely,

Spencer Count

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Internal Review acknowledgement

 

Dear Mr Count,

 

We have received your request for an internal review relating to our use
of S. 40 to withhold information under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

 

Your request for an internal review was received on 18/09/2013.  We
apologise for the long delay in acknowledging this.  This is due to
resourcing issues, which are now being addressed.

 

We shall now deal with the review as promptly as possible and, will
endeavour to respond, at the latest, within 30 working days from
acknowledgment.  If you have any queries please contact us at the address
below.

 

The reference number for your internal review is IR2013094. 

 

BBC Information Policy and Compliance    

BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London, W12 7TP

 

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi/

Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

Fax: 020 8008 2398

 

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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FOIA Request RFI20131130

 

Dear Mr Count

 

We write further to your letter dated 18 September 2013 requesting an
internal review of the BBC’s response to your FOIA request RFI20131130,
and  attach the BBC’s decision in this matter.

 

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

 

BBC Freedom of Information

BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

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

Email: [2][BBC request email]

 

Tel: 020 8008 2882

 

 

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Thank you for this outcome. A very thorough review which, it seems to me, was written from the starting point of how to justify withholding the information while along the way answering some arguments that I did not make.

I wish the BBC would put as much effort into tackling poor behaviour by its senior executives as it does into sparing their blushes.

Yours sincerely,

Spencer Count