Saturday, December 20, 2014


I bet she didn't expect to be playing the Freedom of Information game so soon. The BBC has turned to "qualified person" Dame Rona Fairhead, Chairman of The Trust, to validate its refusal to release further correspondence and emails about the Dame Janet Smith Review.  She argues that, under Section 36 of the Freedom of Information Act, disclosure would be prejudicial to the effective conduct of public affairs.

This particular wrangle has gone on since August, with Dr T Jackson seeking to establish whether or nor any senior BBC staff members sought to exert any pressure on the review team to delay publication. The findings, into BBC behaviour around Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall, are now expected in the New Year, and Rona has asked for Trustee volunteers to come forward, to form a sub-committee to deliver a Trust response.

Dr Jackson, meanwhile, is still pursuing the matter with the ICO.

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