About the author
I’m a BBC journalist who specialises in freedom of information (FOI). I’ve always enjoyed reading other people’s documents, so it’s the kind of journalism which I like.
FOI is the law which enables public access to government information. I train and advise other BBC journalists on how to exploit it, and I’ve made plenty of use myself by putting in requests for information to pursue stories.
I’ve been interested in FOI for some time. In 2004 I spent a sabbatical term at Oxford University researching how journalists in Ireland and Sweden used FOI in their own countries. See this.
I’m based in the BBC’s Political Programmes department at Westminster. When I’m not doing FOI work, I oversee some of our weekly and special political output for Radio 4 and the World Service. I also produce political radio documentaries myself. Their topics have ranged from the nature of British identity and exposing dirty tricks in election campaigning to the political impact of alternative comedy in the 1980s.