The complainant requested how many complaints had been made to the British Broadcasting Corporation (the BBC) regarding the decision to axe British dance band recordings from ‘Sunday Night at Ten’. The BBC refused to provide the requested information arguing that journalistic judgement would be compromised by audience feedback being available and that this information fell 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.
Section of Act/EIR and Finding: FOI 1 – Complaint Not upheld
 UKICO FS50236393
England and Wales
Updated: 06 August 2022; Ref: scu.532283