Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,
1. At what time on Sunday 24 May 2020 was the decision made to cancel the showing of 'The Best of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show' programme that was to air on BBC1 at 5.50pm?
2. Who made that decision?
3. What were the reasons for that decision?
4. Did any request from the Government influence that decision?
5. What were the viewing figures for the previous evening's 'RHS Chelsea Flower Show'?
6. What were the viewing figures for 'Garden Rescue' at 6.20pm on 24 May 2020?
7. In view of the week's sequence of 'RHS Chelsea Flower Show' (including the People's Vote for the Show Garden of the decade) why could not 'RHS Chelsea Flower Show' have replaced 'Garden Rescue'?
Dear Mr Whitmey,
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Your request was received on 25 May 2020. 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 below
The reference number for your request is RFI20200615.
Information Rights, BBC Legal
BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TP
Dear Christopher Whitmey,
Please find attached the response to your request for information,
BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP
Email: mailto:[BBC request email]
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2. mailto:[BBC request email]
Dear FOI Enquiries,
Thank you for your detailed reply which I have carefully considered. I regard the matter as closed. I will not be raising the matter with the ICO. This is mainly due to the pressures that everyone is under due to Covid-19.
Your explanatory note included, "This means the Act does not apply to information held for the purposes of creating the BBC’s output (TV, radio, online etc), or information that supports and is closely associated with these creative activities.".
I would have felt at least requests 5 and 6 for viewing figures fell outside 'creating output'. Similarly the other requests I felt dealt with scheduling output rather than creating it.
Since my request you have broadcast ''The Best of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show'' in a similar timeslot as the original schedule - thank you.
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