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Richard Sambrook, BBC Director of News

The editorial procedures of the BBC were "defective" in dealing with the complaints from the government after Andrew Gilligan's report was broadcast, Lord Hutton said.

He said the BBC's management had failed to check Mr Gilligan's notes of his meeting with Dr Kelly before Richard Sambrook sent a letter to Alastair Campbell responding to his complaint.

As a result, the management had failed to appreciate that Mr Gilligan's notes did not support his most serious allegation that the government had probably known the 45 minutes claim to be wrong and they failed to communicate this to the governors.

Lord Hutton also said that the e-mail between the Today Editor the Head of Radio News in which Mr Gilligan was criticised for "loose use of language" should have been passed up to Mr Sambrook.

In his evidence to the Hutton Inquiry, Mr Sambrook admitted the BBC should not have stood by the allegation the government probably knew the 45 minutes claim to be false.

He also said there were lessons to be learned for the BBC.

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20 July 2003: Richard Sambrook acknowledges that David Kelly was Andrew Gilligan's source

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