Using this site


This page is to help you get the most out of this site. It's recommended that you read this first especially if you are new to this site or unfamiliar with the Freedom of Information Act and how it works.

We have also provided a glossary of terms to assist you with some of the terminology used under FOIA. For more information about what the FOIA is then visit our FOI explained page

Where is the information on this site

  • Information available under FOIA is listed in the section called the Publication Scheme.
  • The publication scheme arrangement adopts the model scheme structure set out by the Information Commissioners Office.
  • The publication scheme is split into eight sections called classes, dividing the information by category making it easier for you to find what you want.
  • The disclosure logs section provides details of responses the BBC has made to previous FOIA requests.

How to find information

In order to find what you are after quickly and efficiently take note of the different ways to find information:

  1. Go to the publication scheme section and follow the in-page navigation to narrow your search.
  2. Keep an eye on the right hand column which offers links and documents that may offer more information.
  3. Use the FOI specific search box in the page footer. Type in a keyword or a document number.
  4. Popular places are listed in the footer. Check to see if this is where you want to go.
  5. If you can not find what you are looking for you can contact us for further help. Please see our help and advice page.

What format is the information on this site

  • Most information is offered through web-links to specific parts of the BBC website.
  • In some cases, documents are made available in pdf format.
  • The documents found in the disclosure log section are all pdf format and have had the identity of the requester and other personal information such as address and telephone number redacted to maintain privacy.
  • If you have any specific issues regarding availability of information please refer to our access page.

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