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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50267271
  • Date: 9 December 2009
  • Public Authority: BBC
  • Summary: The complainant requested information from the British Broadcasting Corporation (the “BBC”) regarding the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) and the system known as “fast tracking”. The BBC disclosed some of the requested information but withheld part of it, citing section 41 (information provided in confidence), section 43(2) (commercial interests) and section 40(2) (personal information) of the Freedom of Information Act (the “Act”). The BBC subsequently altered its postion and claimed that the withheld information fell outside the scope of the Act. The Commissioner is satisfied that the withheld information is held by the BBC to a significant extent for the purposes of journalism, art or literature. Therefore the BBC was not required to comply with Parts I to V of the Act in relation to the withheld information.
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