As the country's only state broadcaster, it is understandable that the BBC receives so many Freedom of Information Act requests. It is possibly the most powerful media institution in the country and of course, funded by the licence-fee payer.
The BBC can refuse information if it is not "held for purposes other those of journalism, art and literature". Basically, don't be surprised if you send the Beeb an FoI about the finances of a niche service, such as BBC Radio 12, for example, and get refused a response.
But the BBC is pushing new boundaries when it comes to the refusal of Freedom of Information requests. Data from a Freedom of Information request itself shows that since 2005, the Beeb has refused an average of 48 percent of requests on these grounds....'