The Commentator’s FOI request on the Balen Report

Our friends over at The Commentator have news of their Freedom of Information request regarding the Balen Report. 

“A new Freedom of Information request by The Commentator has led to the BBC having to once again hide information about the Balen Report.

The report, initially commissioned in 2006, set out to analyse the BBC’s coverage of the Middle East. The author was Malcolm Balen, the BBC’s senior editorial adviser.

Since then, the UK’s largest broadcaster, which is indeed funded by the public, has refused to release the report and been coy about its spending and the complaints it has received as a result.

A Freedom of Information request by The Commentator earlier this year found that the BBC had spent over £330,000 on external legal costs. The BBC failed to answer questions about internal costs and the cost of commissioning and reviewing of the report.”

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