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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50070467
  • Date: 16 October 2007
  • Public Authority: BBC
  • Summary: The complainant requested details of the gross remuneration paid to the 20 highest paid ‘entertainers’ on the BBC for the previous three years. The BBC refused to provide the information on the basis it was held for the purposes of journalism, art and literature. The BBC also explained that even if this request fell within the scope of the Act, it would need to clarify with the complainant what he meant by the phrase ‘entertainer’ as it was not a term used by the BBC. Having considered the purposes for which the information is held the Commissioner is satisfied that it falls within the scope of the Act. Consequently, the Commissioner has decided that the BBC should contact the complainant in order to clarify his request in line with its duty under section 16 of the Act.
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