Was the BBC given a DSMA-Notice restricting certain reporting in relation to the COVID-19 situation?

Reverend Croad (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

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Reverend Croad (Account suspended)

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

If you were subjected to a DSMA-Notice, I understand that you cannot publish the specific contents of it - however, I am simply asking was the BBC give a DSMA-Notice by the government, that is a Defence and Security Media Advisory Notice, restricting what the BBC was allowed to report during the COVID-19 situation, and are you aware of other broadcasters being subjected to DSMA-Notices?

If the answer to the first question is yes, and you are able to at least mention what reporting was not allowed, even if you are not able to give detail, can you confirm that the DSMA-Notice related to ensuring that only the government narrative on the COVID-19 situation was allowed to be reported?

Yours faithfully,

Reverend Croad

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Reverend Croad,

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 03 September 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 address below.

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Reverend Croad (Account suspended)

Dear FOI Enquiries,

Then this begs the question - why does the BBC continue to report government narrative as fact and attack people as "conspiracy theorists" when they don't believe it, even after they were proven to be right on things such as inflated death counts - hence Matthew Hancock's supposed investigation into Public Health England - and unreliable testing, rather than hold the government to account and tell the truth about the virus?

Even now, you don't tell the public the truth that PHE is controlled by the government so it is the government who has been lying about death counts.

So is the reason that you spout the government's narrative as fact, rather than hold them to account and give real news, because you are concerned that if you don't do what they say, you won't be able able to continue to get guaranteed money regardless of how terrible your programmes are, because of the TV tax?

Yours sincerely,

Reverend Croad

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Reverend Croad,

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 4th October 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 address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20201549.

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Dear Reverend Croad,

                                            

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
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Yours sincerely

 

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Broadcast Centre

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UK

 

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