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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50188859
  • Date: 3 November 2009
  • Public Authority: BBC
  • Summary: The complainant requested information relating to the BBC’s use of systems to block particular callers from going on air during ‘phone-in’ broadcasts. The BBC refused to comply with the requests under section 12 of the Act on the grounds that doing so would exceed the ‘appropriate limit’. However, in light of a recent decision by the High Court, the Commissioner’s decision is that the request fell outside the scope of the Act because it relates to information held for the purposes of journalism, art or literature. Therefore the BBC is not obliged to comply with Parts I to V of the Act.
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