BBC opposes FOI restrictions
The BBC has today expressed its 'strong opposition' to the government's proposed restrictions on freedom of information.
The Deputy Director General Mark Byford, who chairs the BBC's Journalism Board, has written to Lord Falconer asking the government to withdraw the proposals. This is the text of the letter.
Byford writes: 'These proposals would dramatically curtail the ability of BBC journalists and others to put into the public domain material which merits disclosure in the public interest. In this way the proposed changes would actually obstruct the aim of increasing openness and transparency in public life that lies behind the government's introduction of FOI.'
He adds: 'From our perspective as an authority receiving many requests we see absolutely no need for the measures that are being proposed.'
The BBC is in a virtually unique position as an organisation which both submits and receives large numbers of FOI requests.