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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 June, 2004, 09:07 GMT 10:07 UK
At-a-glance: BBC post-Hutton report
An internal BBC investigation in the wake of the Hutton affair has recommended greater emphasis on journalistic training and "core values".

The Neil review was set up after Lord Hutton's inquiry concluded BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan's report into weapons of mass destruction was "unfounded".

Here is an outline of the report's findings:


  • The BBC will continue to use single source stories but they must be "of significant public interest and the correct procedures followed". They will undergo greater editorial scrutiny.

  • Editors must be aware of their day-to-day responsibility in ensuring they and their staff adhere to the BBC's journalistic values.

  • Accurate and reliable note-taking should be part of all BBC journalists' training. It should be clear whether the BBC or a third party is making an allegation.

  • Fairness, openness and straight dealing must be paramount in BBC journalism. People should be given fair opportunity to respond to serious claims.

  • Live "two-way" reports between reporters and presenters are still important but are normally inappropriate for breaking news stories containing potentially defamatory material.

  • Editorial lawyers should be a routine fixture in the main news areas.

  • Truth and accuracy - BBC journalism must be rooted in the highest accuracy, well sourced and based on sound evidence.

  • Serving the public interest - prioritising stories of significance to audiences and being robust but fair when questioning public figures.

  • Impartiality and diversity of opinion - reporting facts in their context rather than opinion, and testing the evidence with a wide range of views.

  • Independence - striving to be an independent monitor of powerful individuals and bodies, making judgements on an editorial rather than commercial basis.

  • Accountability - the BBC must keep audiences' trust by being open about mistakes, apologising and learning from them.


  • BBC reporting should be strengthened by setting up a journalism college headed by an academic principal.

  • A "sea change" in approach to career development should see promotions based on "clear competencies".

  • The BBC should bring in life-long training for all staff at all levels, based on a culture of learning from difficult stories and mistakes.

  • A system should be set up to ensure the "fast clarification and unambiguous correction" of complaints. All complaints should be handled the same way, regardless of who makes them.


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