BBC's File on David Bowie

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The British Broadcasting Corporation is a public media giant subject to the UK's Freedom of Information laws. We requested files on David Bowie expecting the BBC to rather quickly release at least some of its holdings on the late cultural icon and phenomenon.

Today, the BBC wrote to inform us of the following:

"The information you have requested is excluded from the Act because it is held for the purposes of ‘journalism, art or literature.’ The BBC is therefore not obliged to provide this information to you and will not be doing so on this occasion. Part VI of Schedule 1 to FOIA provides that information held by the BBC and the other public service broadcasters is only covered by the Act if it is held for ‘purposes other than those of journalism, art or literature'.

"The BBC is not required to supply information held for the purposes of creating the BBC’s output or information that supports and is closely associated with these creative activities."

We've filed an appeal with the Information Officer for the UK and hope they will compel the BBC to make its Bowie archival material open to public inspection and soon too.

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