BBC chief steps down

Hutton report leads to Gavyn Davies' resignation, but not all agree with conclusions

John Dudley Miller(johnmiller@nasw.org)
Jan 28, 2004

The chairman of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and its editor have both resigned in the wake of a long-awaited judge's report that said a BBC story last May accusing Prime Minister Tony Blair's government of intentionally exaggerating the threat of Iraqi weapons was “unfounded.”

Chairman Gavyn Davies said in a statement Wednesday (January 28) that he was leaving his post because he had been brought up to believe “the referee's decision was final.” Director General Greg Dyke, the head editor, resigned today (January 29) after an emergency meeting of the corporation's board of governors accepted the resignation he had tendered last night. Yesterday he had sought to keep his job, partly apologizing for the story by admitting that “certain key allegations” were “wrong.”

The report by Brian Hutton largely exonerated the government of any wrongdoing. Microbiologist and weapons expert David Kelly killed himself days after the defense ministry identified...

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