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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50084357
  • Date: 25 March 2008
  • Public Authority: BBC
  • Summary: The complainant requested the names and salary details of the top 25 presenters at the BBC. The BBC refused to provide this information on the basis that it was held for the purpose of journalism, art or literature. During the course of the investigation the BBC, without prejudice to their position on the derogation, also sought to rely on exemptions under the Act to withhold the information. The Commissioner has investigated and concluded that the BBC misapplied the Schedule 1 derogation and that the information requested falls within the scope of the Act. The Commissioner investigated the BBC’s application of the exemptions and found that the names and salaries of the presenters are exempt under section 40 of the Act.
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