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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50164273
  • Date: 27 February 2008
  • Public Authority: BBC
  • Summary: The complainant requested from the BBC the total cost of the Castaway programme. The BBC refused to provide this information on the basis that it was held for the purposes of journalism, art or literature. Having considered the circumstances of the case the Commissioner has concluded that the BBC has misapplied the Schedule 1 derogation and that this information falls within the Act. During the Commissioner’s investigation the BBC argued, without prejudice to its position on the derogation, that the requested information was exempt on the basis of section 43 of the Act. The Commissioner has concluded that the requested information is exempt from disclosure on the basis of section 43 and that the public interest favours maintaining this exemption.
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