Question to The BBC

On the 4th October 2013, one of our members asked the BBC:

“I would like to know the number of complaints received by the BBC
over its lack of reporting of the Defend the NHS Demonstration in
Manchester on the 29th September 2013 against the background of the
Conservative Party Conference. These should be listed as to whether
by post, email, text, telephone or through the website.”

The BBC replied on 30th October that:

“The information you have requested is excluded from the Act because it is held for the purposes of ‘journalism, art or literature.’ The BBC is therefore not obliged to provide this information to you and will not be doing so on this occasion. “

The member challenged this on the basis below:

“I cannot see how the BBC can state that the data is restricted for
“purposes of ‘journalism, art or literature”, when the information
is purely numeric and regarding the number of contacts it has
received through a range of channels over an issue of public
interest.

Neither is it complaints about actual programmes but a request for
the number of contacts from members of the public about the ABSENCE
of programme coverage…”

An appeal was requested but this was turned down. Follow the communications here – https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/number_of_complaints_over_bbcs_r#incoming-437322

As a result a  complaint was submitted to the Information Commissioners Office on 13 November on the basis below:

“Neither is it complaints about actual programmes but a request for
the number of contacts from members of the public about the ABSENCE
of programme coverage…”

We await a response…

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