So today we got a response from the BBC to our Freedom Of Information request concerning this story. Those of you who’ve ever sent an FOI request to the state broadcaster before probably won’t need to read any further.
Or in other words, “Sod off”. We don’t think we’ve ever seen the BBC actually give an answer in response to an FOI request. As pretty much everything it produces can be deemed either “journalism”, “art” or “literature”, it seems to us that the FOI Act may as well not apply to it at all.
(The BBC also dodges the Act if you ask it, for example, how much of our money it pays to cover Scottish football, although we can’t immediately see how that would fit into any of the three exempt categories.)
We’re at a loss to understand what possible legitimate justification there would be for keeping the answers to any of the above questions a secret. Unless, of course, there was something to hide.