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Freedom of Information

As a public service organisation, the BBC is subject to the Freedom of Information Act, meaning it must respond, where reasonable, to requests for information from the public.

The BBC has a webpage on FOI requests concerning TV Licensing; until 2008, this page held 164 responses by the BBC. Although these letters often withheld information, it was possible to draw inferences from the information gaps. In late 2008, the BBC decided to delete 150 responses, leaving just 16.

Fortunately, the owner of this website had saved copies of the letters, and has made them available for future reference here (some of the 2005 letters were donated by yours truly).

It is also worth reading the BBC's evasive response to a journalist's enquiry as to why it removed information from its "freedom of information" webpage.

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