Free Freedom Information BBC

May 13, 2008

I stumbled across this site which contains useful nuggets of information about the BBC dug out by Freedom of Information requests.

And while we’re on the subject of “Free” – here’s an intriguing diagram from Simon Hopkins’ blog.

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2 Responses to “Free Freedom Information BBC”

  1. Russ Says:

    Hey Nick,

    I’m always amused at how in the UK, you have to pay a fee to watch what is otherwise called free-to-air television!

    I was previously a legal counsel for a large cable and broadband firm in the U.S. The consumer protection authorities were very concerned with the use of the word ‘free’ in advertising and promotions. They declared — with some justification I think — that the word ‘free’ is almost always used in a misleading fashion:

    ‘Buy one year of our cable service, and get HBO free!’

    That statement would probably not be allowed in the U.S. You would have to say that HBO was ‘included’. Otherwise you might be violating the various state laws concerning misleading and deceptive advertising.

    But in the UK, it seems the word ‘free’ is still used. Talk Talk declares itself the home of ‘free broadband’…

    So, I have some really expensive free-to-air television and free broadband!!!!!!!!!!

    (smile)


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