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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50239772
  • Date: 16 November 2009
  • Public Authority: BBC
  • Summary: The complainant made information requests to the British Broadcasting Corporation (the “BBC”) for information about a seminar that took place on 26 January 2006. The seminar informed part of a study in 2007 commissioned by the BBC Trust entitled, From Seesaw to Wagon Wheel: safeguarding impartiality in the 21st Century. The BBC refused to provide the requested information claiming that it was outside the scope of the Freedom of Information Act (“the Act”) because it was held for the purposes of journalism, art or literature. The Commissioner is satisfied that the information in question was held for the purpose of journalism, art and literature. Therefore the BBC was not obliged to comply with Parts I to V of the Act.
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