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BBC goes silent on use of taxis

Published 27/01/2010

We have heard much in recent days about the Freedom of Information Act.

Indeed, your newspaper has carried several stories emanating from data acquired through FoI. Some weeks ago I asked the BBC under FoI how much, over the last five years, has been paid to/ claimed by/paid on behalf of various of its presenters for the use of taxis. I asked for the amounts per presenter to be broken down by year.

The response speaks volumes about the BBC's attitude towards transparency. It simply stated: "The information you have requested is excluded from the Act because it is held for the purposes of journalism, art or literature."

It seems that, while the BBC's presenters are very good at asking questions about our politicians, they are not very good at answering questions about their own expenses. I find this intolerable.

TAXPAYER

Belfast

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