Ofcom should have final say over BBC complaints, says Lords report – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2011 in BBC, complaints, inquiries, news by sally

“Media regulator Ofcom, rather than the BBC, should have the final say over complaints about impartiality and accuracy with the corporation’s programmes, according to a House of Lords committee report.”

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The Guardian, 29th June 2011

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‘Lazy Mexicans’ Top Gear episode cleared by Ofcom – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 5th, 2011 in BBC, complaints, media, news by sally

“A Top Gear episode which caused controversy with jokes about Mexicans has been cleared by the broadcasting watchdog.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th April 2011

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Legal opinions – Joshua Rozenberg reflects on 25 years covering the law – Legal Week

Posted March 24th, 2011 in BBC, law reports, news by sally

“As mainstream media shies away from legal coverage, Joshua Rozenberg talks to Alex Aldridge about the 25 years under his belt that have made him the UK’s best-known legal commentator.”

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Legal Week, 24th March 2011

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Why is law such a fertile ground for drama? – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2011 in barristers, BBC, media, news by sally

“As a former barrister, writer Peter Moffat has witnessed for real the drama of a courtroom. He returns to his legal roots in new BBC drama Silk.”

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BBC News, 22nd February 2011

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TV format inventor fails to convince court that BBC stole his idea – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 9th, 2010 in BBC, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

“A man has failed in his attempt to show that his gameshow idea was copied by the BBC. A High Court judge refused to allow a full trial on the claims, calling them ‘simply unreal.’ ”

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th September 2010

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The Stig: high court judge unmasks mystery Top Gear driver – The Guardian

Posted September 2nd, 2010 in anonymity, BBC, injunctions, news, publishing by sally

“His identity remained a mystery for eight years despite his star billing on one of the BBC’s biggest shows. But today the Stig, the anonymous Top Gear driver disguised beneath a white crash helmet and blacked-out visor, was finally unmasked by a high court judge.”

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The Guardian, 1st September 2010

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BBC wins request for Stig case to be held in secret – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 1st, 2010 in BBC, media, news, private hearings by sally

“The BBC has been granted a request for its High Court bid to block the Stig from revealing his identity to be heard behind closed doors.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st August 2010

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BBC facing human rights battle with Top Gear’s The Stig – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 20th, 2010 in BBC, confidentiality, contracts, media, news, publishing by sally

“The BBC is facing a human rights battle with ‘The Stig’, the mystery stunt driver on Top Gear, in an effort to stop him disclosing his identity.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2010

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FOI does not require disclosure of BBC report, rules Court of Appeal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 25th, 2010 in appeals, BBC, disclosure, freedom of information, media, news, reports by sally

“The BBC does not have to publish a report into its Middle East coverage, the Court of Appeal has ruled. A Freedom of Information (FOI) Act exemption for journalism applies to material even if it is held for other purposes, said the Court.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th June 2010

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British Broadcasting Corporation and another v Sugar (No 2) – WLR Daily

Posted June 25th, 2010 in appeals, BBC, disclosure, freedom of information, law reports, media, reports by sally

British Broadcasting Corporation and another v Sugar (No 2) [2010] EWCA Civ 715; [2010] WLR (D) 157

“Once it was established that information, requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, was held by the BBC as a public authority for the purposes of journalism (a word that was to be given its natural meaning), it was effectively exempt from production under the 2000 Act, even if the information was also held by the authority for other purposes.”

WLR Daily, 24th June 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Terror suspect challenges control orders in BBC film – The Guardian

Posted June 17th, 2010 in bail, BBC, control orders, human rights, news by sally

“The BBC, a terror suspect and two independent film-makers challenged the control order system last night in a broadcast that broke the suspect’s bail conditions.”

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The Guardian, 17th June 2010

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Legal challenge to Alex Salmond’s exclusion from BBC leaders’ debates – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2010 in BBC, elections, news, political parties by sally

“The Scottish National party will go to court today in an attempt to force the BBC to give its leader Alex Salmond a place in the final leaders’ debate later this week.”

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The Guardian, 27th April 2010

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Publisher not liable for search engine summary, rules High Court – OUT-Law.com

Posted March 30th, 2010 in BBC, defamation, internet, news by sally

“A publisher should not be responsible for a libel created by the out-of-context publication of material by a search engine, the High Court has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th March 2010

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BBC wins right to keep costs secret – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 2nd, 2009 in BBC, freedom of information, media, news by sally

“The BBC yesterday won the right to keep secret the production costs of some of its most famous programmes, including Top Gear, in a ruling at the High Court.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd October 2009

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Fertility doctor Mohamed Taranissi awarded libel settlement with BBC – The Times

Posted June 9th, 2009 in BBC, defamation, news by sally

“The BBC faces a multimillion-pound legal bill after settling a libel battle with one of Britain’s most successful fertility doctors.”

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The Times, 9th June 2009

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BBC settles Panorama libel battle – BBC News

Posted June 8th, 2009 in BBC, defamation, news by sally

“The BBC has agreed to settle a libel case, after a specialist fertility doctor claimed a Panorama programme had damaged his reputation.”

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BBC News, 8th June 2009

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BBC programme broke law with botnets, says lawyer – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 12th, 2009 in BBC, computer crime, news by sally

“A BBC programme has broken the Computer Misuse Act by acquiring and using software to control 22,000 computers, creating a botnet capable of bringing down websites. A technology law specialist has said that the activity is illegal.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th March 2009

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British Broadcasting Corporation v Sugar and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 13th, 2009 in BBC, freedom of information, law reports by sally

British Broadcasting Corporation v Sugar and another [2009] UKHL 9; [2009] WLR (D) 51

The BBC was a public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 so that a request for information which the BBC claimed was held for the purposes of journalism, and was therefore excluded from the requirements of disclosure, was subject to the jurisdiction of the Information Commissioner and, on appeal, the Information Tribunal, even if the information requested was held for the purposes of art, journalism or literature.”

WLR Daily, 12th February 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

British Broadcasting Corporation v Sugar and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted February 12th, 2009 in BBC, freedom of information, law reports by sally

British Broadcasting Corporation v Sugar and Another

House of Lords

“The British Broadcasting Corporation was a public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which meant that all requests for information were subject to the jurisdiction of the Information Commissioner and, on appeal, the Information Tribunal, even if the information requested was held for the purposes of art, journalism or literature.”

The Times, 12th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

House of Lords rule against BBC on release of bias report – The Times

Posted February 12th, 2009 in BBC, freedom of information, news by sally

“A lawyer has won the backing of the House of Lords in his campaign to force the BBC to disclose an internal report on perceived bias in its coverage of the Middle East.”

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The Times, 12th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk