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Documents reveal BBC Dyke drama
Greg Dyke
BBC governors said Greg Dyke was a "lame duck" and had to go
Former BBC director general Greg Dyke was effectively sacked by the corporation's governors in the wake of the Hutton Report, new documents show.

Dyke resigned in 2004 after the report criticised the BBC's reporting.

But he felt he was "mistreated" by the BBC's board of governors and was "shattered" to be forced out of his job, previously secret minutes reveal.

Dyke tried to cling onto his job and later wrote to the board asking to be reinstated - but this was turned down.

The minutes of a meeting on 28 January 2004, at which the board decided the corporation's response to the report, have been released after a ruling by the freedom of information tribunal.


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Details of a second meeting on 5 February have been released voluntarily by the BBC.

BBC chairman Gavyn Davies resigned at the start of the first meeting before governors discussed Dyke's fate.

Dyke told the governors he would only continue with their full support, then left the room to allow them to discuss his position.

Board members aired views that his position was "unsustainable" and he was a "lame duck" and it was decided that he should go.

The board agreed that it would be impossible to sustain Greg as DG in these circumstances
Meeting minutes

When informed of the decision, Dyke was "very surprised and therefore shattered by the news", the documents reveal.

Dyke then withdrew his offer to resign and instead "invited the board to dismiss him or maintain him in his post".

"After a brief discussion, the board agreed that it would be impossible to sustain Greg as DG in these circumstances since the board's authority would be destroyed," the minutes said.

He eventually agreed to go - but wrote to the board days later saying: "I believe I have been mistreated and I want to be reinstated."

But at the second meeting, the governors decided this was "untenable".

'Sexed up'

The Hutton Inquiry was convened after the death in July 2003 of government scientist Dr David Kelly, who was named as the source of a BBC story about the Iraq War.

The inquiry focused on Dr Kelly's death and the allegation, reported by former BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan, that the government had "sexed up" an intelligence dossier.

Lord Hutton absolved the government of misleading the public, found the central allegation in Gilligan's report was untrue and said the BBC's editorial system was "defective".

The minutes of the first meeting were revealed after an application to the tribunal by The Guardian newspaper and open government campaigner Heather Brooke.

Greg Dyke speaking on the Today programme

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