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What will be the impact of the Hutton Report?
Lord Hutton
The chairman of the BBC's Governors - Gavyn Davies - has resigned because of the findings of Lord Hutton's report into the death of Doctor David Kelly.

In his long awaited report it said the BBC's claim that the government inserted intelligence into its Iraq dossier knowing it was probably wrong was "unfounded".

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In a statement issued by Mr Davies, he said he took responsibility for the failings outlined in the Hutton report - but he also defended the corporation's standards.

What will be the impact of the report? What are the implications for the government and the BBC?

We'll be discussing the Hutton Report and its implications in our phone-in programme, Talking Point, on Sunday, 1 February. Please include a phone number with your comments if you'd like to take part.

This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.


The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received:

Perhaps a little humility on both sides would not go amiss
Mike Chamberlain, Margate, UK
While Tony Blair and the government glow with self pride and the BBC glow with self indignation at the Hutton Report, all of us should remember that because of their actions to protect their own interests, Dr. David Kelly was driven to take his own life. Perhaps a little humility on both sides would not go amiss.
Mike Chamberlain, Margate, UK

The BBC governors, by "accepting" Dyke's resignation have shown how out of touch that are with the viewers and listeners, not to mention BBC staff. Last night over 23000 people responded to Any Questions and over 80% supported Greg. Lord Ryder's apology was utterly craven.
David, rye

Plenty of lessons are to be learned from the Hutton Enquiry; most of all sorry to see senior BBC executives becoming scapegoats of the whole fiasco. May be now is the time for the BBC to become fully independent (financially and management) so as not to be subjected to similar enquiries in the future and continue with its principals of hard hitting investigative journalism without the fear of UK Government unwarranted interventions.
Ronnie Dallal, London, UK

So Messrs Davies and Dyke do not agree with Lord Hutton's findings? Why then did they resign? Why not stay on and fight? Is the truth that the BBC has stained its reputation by creating the news and not reporting the news? The sooner that the BBC stop trying to justify their mistakes by rolling out people who have an axe against the government the better.
Carol Turner, UK

What with first, the university top up fees and now the Hutton Report, Mr Blair has certainly hit the jackpot this week!
M Hill, Christchurch, UK

Over almost 80 years the BBC has maintained a healthy and accurate balance in reporting the truth. On several occasions it has upset the government of the day but, despite criticism from Thatcher and others carried on the essential task of reporting what they saw or, thought was a true representation of the facts. OK this time they slipped up by not checking as carefully as was necessary. BUT those who never make mistakes very rarely make any worthwhile decisions do they? And Blair is a perfect example of this well supported by the spin doctor in chief with his holier than thou indignation.
Peter Nurse, France

Now the BBC will have to face the full effect of this judgment
Tonto Kowalski, Zurich, Switzerland, formerly UK
A sad day for the listening and viewing public to find a trusted source of news to be flawed. Now the BBC will have to face the full effect of this judgment; once it was big business that was the least trusted source of information - now people will doubt the BBC's impartiality in everything it does. This is disastrous for democracy.
Tonto Kowalski, Zurich, Switzerland, formerly UK

The Hutton Report has missed the point - by focussing solely on the necessarily imprecise nature of journalism and, presenting a one-sided and, therefore, necessarily unsound analysis, Lord Hutton has done a disservice to the British people, the memory and family of Dr. Kelly and to democracy itself. If Davies and Dyke feel it necessary to resign because of the actions of one of their subordinates, why, then, does Tony Blair not feel it necessary to resign because of the misanalysis of his intelligence officers? If Mr. Gilligan's analysis was unfounded (remember he did say "probably") then where are the WMD?
Pauline Brider, Toronto, Canada

It is extremely concerning that people consider persons such as Alistair Campbell and the tabloid press offer a more reasoned and unbiased opinion than an organisation like the BBC. It is always in this sort of time you get the people saying the licence fee should be scrapped. This shows exactly how little respect these people show in the greatest asset this country has just for the sake of a few quid.
Nick Haseltine, London

I don't think anyone should be surprised that a member of the establishment has so comprehensively denied any wrongdoing on the part of the establishment. The only surprise is the one-sided nature of the report, which robs it of any credibility. What happened to judicial rigorous reason?
Russell Garner, Leeds, UK

It is incredible that Hutton did not explore and make more detailed comment on the 'spin and manipulate' culture of the Government that is debasing political life. He seems to have disregarded large elements of evidence. The BBC needs to strengthen editorial control but keep up the pressure on politicians. No more resignations: accept the findings: do something about it and demonstrate it is working - but keep up investigative journalism for all our sakes.
Bob Griffiths, Derby, UK

What a white day - whitewash in the morning followed by whiteout in the evening.
Gary W, UK

Time for the BBC to remember what it is and not what it wants to be. Leave politics to the politicians
PM, Essex

Time for the BBC to remember what it is and not what it wants to be. Leave politics to the politicians. If HM's loyal Opposition cannot perform its job properly then it is not the place of the editor of Today to hire controversial, slanted reporters to try and bridge the gap. Hopefully we have heard the last of this programme making the news rather than reporting and commenting on it. Leave the investigations to File on Four or Panorama. By all means follow them up but please no more of "A Today investigation can exclusively reveal...".
PM, Essex

The BBC has always been a bastion of journalistic excellence in an industry awash with tabloid parasites and celebrity-obsessed media. The Today programme is one of the BBC's shining lights that made the BBC so. I would be astonished if any significant proportion of the UK placed it's trust in this Government rather than the BBC, whether there is evidence to support Andrew Gilligan's claims or not.
Steve Wales, Edinburgh, UK

I am deeply dismayed by the findings of the Hutton inquiry. I find it hard to believe that anyone could arrive at such a one-sided conclusion, given the evidence, not least, Susan Watts' report. The implications of Hutton's findings are far broader for the BBC than they should be, given that he chose to take such a narrow remit. Don't give up pushing for the truth about this unnecessary war and about the distorted and inaccurate case that was made for it.
Liz Lloyd, Bristol

I find it extraordinary that people now find it in themselves to dismiss the report, just because it does not say what they hoped it would
Claire, Bristol

I find it extraordinary that people now find it in themselves to dismiss the report, just because it does not say what they hoped it would. No doubt many people hoped it would bring down the government, and had it been critical of Tony Blair, would have demanded his resignation 'in the face of this indisputable report'. Now they say Hutton is 'out of touch' and 'it is obvious Blair lied'. If it's so obvious, why was money spent on having an enquiry? Why did Lord Hutton bother to listen to the evidence?
Claire, Bristol

I see little point in having enquiries, if people rubbish the results?! Are we now going to have an enquiry on the Hutton report? Come on British public, accept what the honourable judge says and shut up!
V Monks, Poynton, Cheshire

The BBC has finally got its comeuppance. The corporation's biased coverage of news and current affairs has been a disgrace for several years. I hope the BBC learns from this and can return to the objective unbiased reporting for which it was once deservedly famous. Leave political prejudices to newspaper columnists.
Alan, Aylesbury, UK

I think Tony Blair's victories this week will be seen as pyrrhic. The British public, I think, still has a collective sense of fair play and whatever the rights and wrongs of the Hutton Report and the case for tuition fees, I think there's a feeling that Blair has been jolly lucky, rather than blameless. And that could cost him, mind.
Geoff Marchant, Croydon, UK

Whilst I can't condone 'poor' reporting, lets hope that living in a democracy, the media, the BBC and its reporters can continue to challenge the government's handling of certain affairs.
Paula, UK

The problem for me isn't that Gilligan made a mistake. It's that his managers and Governors defended the story without checking whether it met their own standards. If the organisation had managed Campbell's complaints better at an early stage this inquiry would have been completely unnecessary.
John, Sandhurst, Berkshire

Very, very dubious - far, far too one-sided to be credible. This could 'win the battle and lose the war' for Tony Blair. For the BBC I fear a blunting of its investigative journalism. I do hope not.
Eileen Fletcher, Wokingham, England

Tony Blair decided the terms of reference for this enquiry and then appointed the judge himself. It was far too narrow and a waste of time and money.
Chowdhury, Auckland, New Zealand

Let's learn the lessons and move on
Brian McLean, Glasgow
At last this report has been published, perhaps now the media can get on with their job of reporting facts and allow the Tony Blair to get on with the job he was elected to do! Let's learn the lessons and move on !
Brian McLean, Glasgow

The last 12 hours I have been watching the BBC's reaction to the Hutton report and am less than impressed. It is as if the builders of the Titanic, after the Commission of Inquiry came out and said: "But we got it mostly right". It is time to bite the bullet and get your house in order.
Michael Ensor, Wellington NZ

If you ask someone to investigate the colour of your eyes you will get the answer that you already know. Blair set the remit so it was bound by that. The remit was wrong and so this is in my view just a whitewash.
R Hedges, Hampton, Middlesex

The BBC strategy now, having spent weeks saying Lord Hutton was a man of impeccable integrity whose judgment should not be questioned, is to question his judgment. A very arrogant stance.
Paul Sillick, Stockton, UK

The BBC has been made the scapegoat by Lord Hutton. Freedom of speech, good reporting and the BBC itself will all suffer. Spin, morally corrupt politicians and the establishment have won. The country and the Kelly family have lost a good man.
Stuart Jones, Kendal

The BBC has been blatantly anti-war and anti-Bush/Blair. The obvious bias is indicative of a sad decline in quality of BBC journalism. This case is a perfect case-in-point.
Jene, Mali

Even if today was the BBC's judgement day, at least it is behind you. Be thankful that you are not in Tony Blair's shoes still facing the facing the future judgement of the electorate.
Yaroslav, Victoria, Canada

Hot on the heals of Gavyn Davies should be the BBC board of Governors who I believe fully supported him. If that was the case they also have to go!
Paul Key, Nottingham

A sad day for democracy, listening to politicians crowing over the verdict of the one sided Hutton Report makes you realise what a shackled Establishment controlled BBC would mean to the public.
Keith Lucas, Oldham UK

In the past I always turned to the BBC for unbiased reporting, I have noticed over the last few years the BBC has taken a more sensationalising attitude in its news programs. I now turn to ITV for a more unbiased attitude. Get Back To Your Old Standards. The BBC is not there to bring down politicians or governments.
Irene Kinnersley, Orpington Kent

Despite the fact that the Hutton report is not in favour of the BBC, the BBC should fully accept the Hutton report because the Hutton inquiry was to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Doctor Kelly and not to find out why the dossier was 'sexed up', reasons why we went for war in Iraq, etc.
Catherine, London

The BBC should be thoroughly ashamed of its behaviour throughout this affair and must now apologise both to the government which it has maligned, and to the public which it has misled.
Colin, St Ives, UK

Let's get back to the standards of reporting we all prefer and stop trying to make the news
Brian Tillotson, Clitheroe, UK
How sad that a logically presented report by a respected judge is dismissed by so many people because it does not confirm their prejudices. As a lifelong fan of the BBC it is equally sad that they find it appropriate to employ people like Gilligan to "sex-up" their reporting. Let's get back to the standards of reporting we all prefer and stop trying to make the news.
Brian Tillotson, Clitheroe, UK

Andrew Gilligan should resign.
Evan Parsons, Sydney, Australia

No one is infallible, not even the BBC. Hopefully they make procedural changes as suggested and move on. They are still the best news service in the world, bar none, in my view.
Bob, USA

I think that it is despicable that the government have got off Scot-free through Hutton. I see that the Beeb have made some editorial mistakes but their story is still essentially true, the dossier was made to give a misleadingly grave analysis of Iraq's threat. Anyone with half a mind can see that this report is as politically expedient as the dossier on Iraq and bears no relation to the truth.
Tom Dewey, Esher, Surrey, UK

Why is the BBC lying down to let everyone kick it in the teeth? Listen to the words of Gavyn Davis's resignation. How could Lord Hutton draw those conclusions from the evidence presented? This report is one sided in the extreme, and looses it's credibility because of this. The BBC may well be guilty of having an over-enthusiastic journalist and lacking in editorial procedures but that's all, now start fighting your corner and stop leaving it to channel 4.
Simon Harcourt, Scunthorpe UK

Only when Dyke and Sambrook go can the BBC begin to rebuild its shattered credibility
Dave Singh, Ilford Essex

As long as protest lives in this country (and in Iraq), democracy will not die
John Tate, London
The Hutton result is not entirely unexpected. An establishment figure has defended the establishment. This has simply demonstrated once more that democracy is not handed out from above but fought for from below. Two million people who marched against war have not gone away. As long as protest lives in this country (and in Iraq), democracy will not die.
John Tate, London

New Labour - we all trust them? I think not, Hutton Report - with many words but so what, I back the BBC.
John Sinclair, Sallochy, Stirling

The findings of the Hutton Report are depressingly predictable. I can only assume that Blair must be envious of the Italian approach to media control. The whole process makes the Thatcher set up of the miners in 1984 seem innocent. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Mark Leyland, London UK

Absolutely amazed at the outcome of the Hutton report. No party in this tragic case was guilt free.
Peter Hughes, Sheffield, UK

The fall-out from the Hutton Report illustrates why the press should be a private, not a public, institution.
Mike Dennin, USA

All very well Mr Hutton but where are the Weapons of Mass Deception Tony?
David, Leeds

Still unanswered questions, I feel the report was little more than a BBC bashing exercise. I voted for this government, I am ashamed to say, I don't trust it at all, actions speak louder than words. I believe the BBC is, was and always will be the most important asset this country has, which is why, long after the Blair's of this world have moved on, the BBC will still be doing its unrivalled best. Who is the PM going to appoint as Chairman, obviously someone from a career in media and public relations, Alistair Campbell perhaps? Mrs Eunice Parker, Bristol England

So in the future, who am I more likely to believe - the Government, the tabloids or the BBC? Despite its 'mistake', the Beeb by several orders of magnitude.
Rod, Derby

The person I think has come out of this worst is Michael Howard. His performance in the Commons today was desperate and spiteful. While there are perfectly legitimate questions still to be answered following the publication of the report, Howard forewent all of them in favour of a few cheap shots. It was a badly misjudged own goal and will do little to endear him to the voters.
John Edwards, London, England

What has happened today is a pathetic excuse for democracy and press freedom.
Selva Veerappan, London, UK

Looking at today's events is like entering the twilight-zone. That the BBC was criticised for Gilligan's report was to be expected, but to find Downing street and the MOD cleared of any blame was despicable. As a Labour supporter it's a hard thing for me to say, but I can never believe Blair or his cronies ever again.
Philip, UK

Regardless of Tony appearing like a Saint, let's not forget that there are no WMD in Iraq
David Bottle, New York
Regardless of Tony appearing like a Saint, let's not forget that there are no WMD in Iraq by the looks of things. And that he's taxing the hell of you Brits by the backdoor.
David Bottle, New York, USA

Well, as we say in Russia, "no secret stays a secret forever". Let us hope that history will serve as a more objective and better judge of Mr. Blair than Lord Hutton.
Alla Lee, New York, USA

Three cheers for Mr Davies who, somewhat belatedly, did the right thing.
Bernie, Boston, USA

The BBC's claims were wrong and they are condemned. The Government's claims on WMD were wrong and they are exonerated.
The Government and the BBC have been judged by different standards.
Richard Lucas, Virginia Water, England

So Gavyn Davies resigns and agrees to be a fall guy for his New Labour friends
Donal Blaney, London, UK
So Gavyn Davies resigns and agrees to be a fall guy for his New Labour friends. How long before they give him a peerage for falling on his sword? I give it less than a year.
Donal Blaney, London, UK

I am impressed that Gavyn Davies is doing the honourable thing, and falling on his sword for the BBC. I find it sad that Tony Blair, who took his country to war on demonstrably unconvincing information, lacks the same sense of personal integrity.
Catherine Knight, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

This has to be one of the bleakest days of my long life. This is the day that truth was officially abandoned in England for political expediency.
Jim Dodds, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Those of us who love the BBC, and who took you to task for your report, are vindicated by today's report.
David Veeneman, Lincolnshire, IL, USA

The BBC has once again shown itself to be the unabashed voice of liberalism
Cecilia, Danville, USA
The BBC has once again shown itself to be the unabashed voice of liberalism, and as such is not a credible source for news.
Cecilia, Danville, USA

It is clear that the BBC now owes a forthright apology to the Prime Minister. Its journalists are too arrogant and should be subjected to greater editorial scrutiny if the integrity of the BBC as a balanced news organisation is to be preserved. How many other things have been similarly miss-reported one wonders?
Kevin Billson, Cannock, Staffs

If the Hutton report had exonerated the BBC they would have been "cock-a-hoop" and would have said what a good report it was. Now the BBC have been blamed they appear to be in denial and have difficulty in accepting the report. Typical!
Gordon, Warrington, UK

Davies' resignation is a disgrace, it should be followed by many, many others.
Tim O'Brien, Boston MA, U.S.A.

When will the BBC understand that their job is to report news NOT tell people what to think. The BBC does not have a monopoly on the truth. Will Hutton free England from your arrogant, self- serving, holier-than-you, left of centre preaching?
Robert, Chesham, Bucks

I don't think anyone comes out of this affair smelling of roses
Christopher Robins, London UK
I don't think anyone comes out of this affair smelling of roses. The points are expressed in such a way as to think of some sort of whitewash as far as government officials are concerned. It calls into question their integrity. Still, I suppose you get the government voted for and in the end Joe Public feels cheated and completely disenchanted. Where oh where are the politicians of stature and eminence.
Christopher Robins, London UK

Now that the chairman of the BBC is to resign, let's hope the next step is the scrapping the Television Licence.
Paul Smith, Leicester

Let us hope for the sake journalistic integrity, the BBC use this as an opportunity to renounce the tabloid type sensationalism it has adopted of late and return to the high standards of unbiased reporting for which it is famed.
Anthony Harris, Rochester, USA

I am a 55 year school teacher. I have been listening to the coverage of the Hutton report and I am incensed by the findings and the responses of people who are clearly trying to deflect from the government's mismanagement of the whole war issue and everything surrounding it. I felt it incumbent to say that I fully support the BBC, am completely satisfied with their integrity (note the objective way they are p>reporting the issue on their news channel) and would strongly urge no mass of resignations and that they continue to represent the country in the fair and respected way they always have! I wish I could sy more effectively.
Valerie Huggett, Lydbrook, Gloucestershire

The judge stated that Blair did not lie, well obviously he is going to say that Hutton was appointed by the prime minister! All this report will achieve is to reign in the BBC and make them and any other media outlet thinks twice about dissenting against the will of ruling power.
Mark Colegrove, Leicester

What a complete waste of tax payer's money! With an outcome which was obvious from the start... The government would not have launched the enquiry if they really thought it could do much damage. Of course the real questions aren't about Kelly. They are about Intelligence, sexed up or just plain useless?
Neil, St Albans, England

Hutton has delivered a one-sided report that spells the end of British Democracy as we have come to expect it. Essentially, the resignations in the BBC will probably bring in new individuals who will be very cautious of criticising the government
Tim Westwood, Bolton

So can we rely on the BBC for unbiased reporting going forward, or will it continue its blatant political agenda? Time the decision makers at the Beeb brought in some professional staff, took an honest look at what is really going on within the corporation, and fired those that will inevitably undermine it's highly regarded reputation.
PM, NY,US

One hesitates to use the word 'whitewash' but my thoughts are with the BBC and all the news staff. Stick it out - I am sure that the public will make its own judgements. The chairman should not resign and neither should anyone else. You are still the best news service in the world.
Bob Wright, Stourbridge UK

BBC News under Dyke and Sambrook seems to have been more interested in "scoops" than gold-standard factual reporting. How shallow. How infantile. How deserved the public disgrace.
Alastair Matheson, London, UK

I fully support the BBC in its honest style of reporting and I think it has nothing to apologise for
Priyadharshanan Ariyaratnam, Southampton, UK
I am sorry to hear the verdict. I fully support the BBC in its honest style of reporting and I think it has nothing to apologise for. Hutton seems to support the government on all the key issues when the evidence clearly convicts them of (i) Incorrectly claiming Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (ii) leaking the name of Dr Kelly. I hope one day true justice will be shown.
Priyadharshanan Ariyaratnam, Southampton, UK

Gavyn Davies should not resign, the government will only put an emasculated dummy in his place.
Gordon Robinson, Shepshed, England

The BBC made a big mistake not protecting their source of information (Dr Kelly). But I still trust the BBC more than Tony Blair
Niels Mikkelsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

The BBC should issue a full and unreserved apology to the Prime Minister and to the Government...as soon as the weapons of mass destruction are found.
Cliff Betton, Leicester UK

David Kelly continues to be used as a pawn by politicians; in death as in life a private figure who cannot put his own point of view and so can be put forward by all to support their conflicting agendas. Isn't the real issue on how the decision to go to war was made, not (with all due respect) the tragedy of one pressurised man?
Tim Bradshaw, Cranbrook, Kent, UK

Alistair Campbell calls for resignations. Gavin Davies obliges, showing more honour than most of the Government ministers put together. Campbell is quick to exploit the 'gift' Hutton has handed the Government.
Angela, Harlow, UK

If the government has been shown to act with integrity during the Kelly affair then why should I not believe Tony Blair acted with integrity when taking the country to war?
Julian, Worthing, West Sussex

The BBC need to get over this, and hold their hands and admit they were wrong
Tim Morrow, Cardiff
Nobody wants the reputation of the BBC impugned, having lived abroad, I can testify to the esteem in which the corporation is held by others abroad. They need to get over this, and hold their hands and admit they were wrong.
Tim Morrow, Cardiff

The BBC is supposed to be a servant of the state, NOT the government of the day. A little journalistic license is a small price to pay for exposing these horrendous policy decisions. If they do not fight our fight as citizens of the state, who will? The tabloids? Once again the state has dropped the ball.
Umlungu, London/Capetown

What a complete waste of public money the Hutton Report has proven to be. Roll on the General Election.
Gavin, Sophia Antipolis, France

Bringing Democracy to Iraq? Perhaps Blair would be wiser to bring Democracy here.
Sam, UK

Please remember, Hutton report is only about the circumstances that led to the death of Mr Kelly
Jahangeer, Singapore

People make mistakes and the greatness of those people lie on the fact whether they are willing to admit the mistake or not. As a follower of BBC for last two decades or so, I am sure that BBC will act appropriately to clear its name. Meanwhile, I am sure the British public will act swiftly against this government for misleading them about the WMD. Please remember, Hutton report is only about the circumstances that led to the death of Mr Kelly.
Jahangeer, Singapore

Yes, there have been mistakes by BBC staff but it is still the most reliable news organisation in the world. The commitment and integrity of the vast majority of news staff is not in doubt and their freedom must be protected and defended. This is a time for strong leadership by Greg Dyke. The Chairman of Governors probably needs to resign as he is culpable of inactivity. We need a dedicated heavyweight at this critical moment.
Maureen, Bristol

I hope this doesn't signal the start of an extreme shake up of the BBC upon whom so many rely much for world news and the simple honest communication of global events. Let us not forget that 'for profit only' news reporting would leave millions of people around the world the poorer. If steps are needed to strengthen the honesty and integrity of that reporting - so be it - but let us not destroy a British gem of global proportions in the process.
Ian, Lafayette, USA

The BBC has a tremendous name worldwide for fair, accurate, and balanced reporting. The decision of the Hutton report does not surprise as I had felt that the BBC had failed to meet their own standards in their reporting on the Iraq matter. The BBC's reporting certainly failed to meet my expectations. I hope that this report will send a wake-up call that will result in the BBC fixing their mistakes.
David Hood, Calgary, Alberta

There is much other evidence which has been discarded
Tony, UK
Surely the leaking of Dr Kelly's name came from Downing Street. No mention of that. There is much other evidence which has been discarded. No criticisms of the way the government behaved. In my opinion, political favours are still all the rage in Whitehall. How can we preach democracy to the world when the very foundation is missing here!
Tony, UK

Anyone who believes that either the Government or Hutton are telling even a tenth of the truth is very naive.
Graham Proudlove, Manchester, UK

Oh for goodness sake! So the dossier hadn't been 'sexed up'? We went to war in Iraq because of the [alleged] immediate threat posed to our national security - so where ARE these weapons that could have been launched in 45mins? Does this rather significant factor bear no influence on such claims remaining 'unfounded'.
Dom, Staines, UK

After Hutton Enquiry, Mr. Tony Blair has a clean bill to do what he feels like.
Firozali A. Mulla, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

People rely too much on the press for fair government to not be able to trust them
Bob Watson, Meriden

As in America, the press is held to a different standard than the government. If Mr Blair had been held responsible for Mr Kelly's death, the press would be calling for his head while the BBC is told they should be more careful in their reporting. Heads at the BBC should be rolling. The people rely too much on the press for fair government to not be able to trust them.
Bob Watson, Meriden, USA

Yes there is no doubt that there's a lesson to be learned by the BBC, the cost is incalculable.
Fred Capewell, Shirley

Will the BBC now return to the principal of reporting fact rather than opinion? I seem to remember that was how it used to be...
Michael Swift, London

Will BBC News now learn that bias against every public figure is not the same thing as being unbiased? Today's reporters, presenters and editors were reckless in their disregard for journalistic probity and should reflect long and hard on the consequences of their actions.
John Gilligan (no relation)

I'm waiting for the BBC to accept its responsibility in this matter. I'm waiting for an institution founded on truth to admit its serious shortcomings and for those responsible to apologise and resign. That's if the BBC what to repair the damage it has done to its tattered reputation.
Tony, Cambridge

The image still remains of a government desperate to support the USA in its war
Phil, UK
The image still remains of a government desperate to support the USA in its war. The 45-minute claim must have been greeted with open arms.
Phil, UK

I follow closely the BBC, unfortunately, lately, your tradition of fairness in reporting the news has been compromised. An undertone of one sided, biased views are damaging your good reputation. You should report and not try to indoctrinate.
Moreno, Vancouver, Canada

I'm very disappointed. The inquiry should have focused on Gilligan's allegations and the dossier itself - not on editorial processes at the BBC! The public will probably now never know what really happened to the dossier. All it proves is that our 'open government' is nothing of the sort!
Adele, Yorkshire, UK

Lord Hutton's report was on Mr Kelly's death... the real inquiry needed is into whether government was ever justified in pursuing the Iraq war.
Nitya, Nottingham

If I were Hutton, I suspect I'd have been worried that I'd get the same treatment as the BBC if I didn't come down on the side of the government.
Adele, Yorkshire

The BBC surely has a lot of questions to answer!
Len Williams, Brighton

I think, the Editor of BBC News must resign immediately and I now believe what Mr Campbell said about BBC. BBC must issue an apology to the PM, Mr Campbell and Government.
Dogan Kaya, Colchester, Essex

I hope the BBC has the strength to stay the course.
David Marsden, Barbados

The management has squandered the trust built up over years and must resign in disgrace
Iain, Guildford

Hutton is an intelligent dispassionate judge who has looked at the facts. I gave the BBC the benefit of the doubt. The management has squandered the trust built up over years and must resign in disgrace. The Governors need to transfer responsibilities to OFCOM.
Iain, Guildford

Michael Howard need not deliver an apology, for simply doing his job. He is the leader of the opposition and his job is to hold the government to account. All Tony Blair had to do was answer the question - he has nothing to apologise for.
Tom, London, UK

Journalism in this country is vicious and vindictive and I am glad they have been pulled up. Why can't they move on? Anyone can be made to look bad if everything they did and said was taped, vetted and used out of context. Remember 'glass houses'. Even the Prime Minister is human.
Diane Hain, Bath

Mr Blair seems to have nine lives.
Mary, London, England

Pro Tory or pro Labour is irrelevant - the BBC needs to be pro truth
Euan Gray, Edinburgh

Sadly, the BBC is coming in for a lot of flak over this. Even more sadly, it is not undeserved. The BBC makes many fine programmes and has a great tradition - if only it could do something about reining in the political preconceptions and bias of all too many of its editors and correspondents, it would regain the trust of the nation and act once more as the impartial reporter it was always supposed to be. Pro Tory or pro Labour is irrelevant - the BBC needs to be pro truth.
Euan Gray, Edinburgh, UK

The BBC's reporting over this whole affair has taken a lot of guts from the senior brass. The editing at the top must have been excruciating when it was the behaviour of the editors themselves that was being called into question. I congratulate the Beeb on providing a generally impartial, and always informative and investigative service. Whatever spin the Sun can generate out of this, the BBC remains the standard by which all broadcasting is judged.
Eoghan, London

I'm really looking forward to Michael Howard's public apology to Mr Blair now that the report has been published.
Mike, Gloucester, England

It just proves that, to journalists, the truth will always come second to a good story.
Les Taylor, London, UK

It really is a disgrace that a man such as Lord Hutton whom we believed to be an independent and dignified investigator, should conclude a lengthy and expensive enquiry by documenting a boring, government-sided report which sheds no light whatsoever on what people already knew.
May, Birmingham

I will never believe the BBC again!
Wendy Simons, Buckhurst Hill, UK

I will never believe the BBC again! Most people are very aware that the BBC slants to the hard left. But now it is there for all to see how biased the BBC is. When will we have a choice not to pay for this biased reporting?
Wendy Simons, Buckhurst Hill, UK

For a Government that hasn't done anything wrong, they seem to have made a lot of mistakes.
Mike, Ipswich UK

Much mud has been thrown at the Government; Mr Blair and Mr Hoon - there need to be apologies forthcoming from Michael Howard, Liam Fox and others who have been so free in throwing mud. Now their integrity is at stake.
J David Morgan, Rugby, UK

Sorry but everyone knows how the media play with fire!
Nicola, Westminster, UK

I think this is a real test for the BBC and the Government and to be quite honest if anything is 'sexed up' it's the media fabricating information before an enquiry has taken place. Sorry but everyone knows how the media play with fire!
Nicola, Westminster, UK

Can we now please get back to the reasons why a leader can ignore his party, his electorate and Nato to go and wage war with a dim-witted American president? Who's next in this so called War on Terror?
Bryan Crawford, Stirling

Whilst there are instances where the BBC could be called into question, the majority of the blame should lie with the PM and the manner in which he allowed his press office to conduct its own vendetta.
Keith Wood, Duns, Berwickshire

I hope that the BBC and the Today programme are going to issue unreserved apologies
John Wolstenholme, Portsmouth

I hope that the BBC and the Today programme are going to issue unreserved apologies for their behaviour towards the government. And please get back to reporting rather than comment and trying to make news. If you continue in the same way it will only hasten us into becoming a nation of joyless cynics and people who forget the value of trust.
John Wolstenholme, Portsmouth, UK

Gilligan's actions have seriously dented the BBC's reputation. Dr Kelly should not have been briefing the press on the side. The question remains - where are the WMDs that were meant to be ready to use in 45 minutes? I will only have respect for Blair if he starts giving some straight answers.
Ian, Scotland

With this report, made with professionalism, the government supports its decision on the war and the media receives a new responsibility for editors and managers.
Santiago, Medellín, Colombia

I am impressed by the integrity and lucid thinking of Lord Hutton. A lot of politically biased opinions were generated, packaged as objective news, by BBC. It is refreshing to see the truth being clearly recognized. BBC has to do a very serious review of its policies and minimize the strong political prejudice of its staff. I salute Lord Hutton for his professionalism.
Zenek, Legnica, Poland

Why was there an inquiry?
JS, UK

So Blair is cleared, Hoon did nothing wrong, dossier was not sexed-up and it was all the BBC's fault. Who wrote this? Hutton or No. 10? Why was there an inquiry? What about the 45 minutes, and the complete lack of WMDs? Issues to be ignored obviously.
JS, UK

I wonder how many journalists would survive a Hutton Report. Very few, I'm afraid.
Tim Hartman, The Hague, Netherlands

This enquiry reinforces the message yet one more time that this government operates in a vacuum, with scant regard to public feeling, emotions or values. Regardless of the Hutton 'verdict' the government and in particular the leader(s) have about them the air of duplicitous scandal. Shame.
Russell, Brighton, England

It appears that the Panorama programme got this spot on
Peter Kehoe, Slough

It appears that the Panorama programme got this spot on. Well done the BBC for having the guts to produce such a critical report. Only the BBC could do this.
Peter Kehoe, Slough

The enquiry wasn't broad enough. The "45 minute" claim was irrelevant as there were no WMD to begin with! Blair and co are still guilty of taking us to war on false pretences.
David England, Liverpool, UK

One thing to come out of this sad situation is the realisation of how the state operates to protect their interests.
Ian McKim, Wales

Nothing will happen
Gregor Forbes, London
Nothing will happen. Blair will see this as victory and forget that a man died.
Gregor Forbes, London

Maybe the Sun simply ran through a list of all the potential conclusions until the Government (NOT of course, authorised by No 10) confirmed the correct ones.
Moray Hamilton, Linlithgow, Scotland

The report supports my belief that Tony Blair took us to war in good faith and made his decision to join the coalition based on the intelligence that was before him.
Patrick Murphy, Notts

Let's just hope it shakes up the BBC to be more the type of broadcaster they used to be
Mike, UK

I'm not sorry to say the BBC will look the villain. From being a big fan of theirs I'm starting to find them too interested in being politically correct (the Kilroy fiasco as a prime example). Someone says something, everyone thinks that's controversial, it's not aired. The BBC should start being more balanced and look at the best interests of the country rather than finding a scapegoat. As for Blair he is a survivor and a strong leader so I wish him well. Let's just hope it shakes up the BBC to be more the type of broadcaster they used to be.
Mike, UK

Perhaps the BBC were wrong in some aspects but I am amazed that the government emerged unscathed - role on the general election.
Neil Barton, London, UK

A report too narrow in focus for the country, a media organisation too focused on playing politics and a government too interested in its own profile. No doubt Lord Hutton did his best with his limited remit, no one entity/person gets shown as the cause of the problem. I have deepest sympathy for Dr Kelly's family. Hoon should resign as should folks at the BBC.
Paul, Devizes, UK

Sorry to say, the BBC will end up looking like the villain of this piece
Steve Aplin, Ottawa, Canada

The impact: the Report's publication will be a small victory for Tony Blair and will momentarily ease the Iraq-related pressure on him. The Report will end the hair-splitting attempts to lay the blame for Dr. Kelly's death on Blair. Sorry to say, the BBC will end up looking like the villain of this piece.
Steve Aplin, Ottawa, Canada

The whole WMD fiasco, caused entirely by our PM's pandering to the President of the USA, has brought shame on our once proud country. Nevertheless, I am still proud to be English, proud of the BBC, proud of our Monarchy but deeply, deeply ashamed of our Government.
Kieron, England

The war, quite simply, was not justified under any of the terms they tried to persuade us with
Angela, Nottingham, UK

This inquiry is a side issue that does not change the fact that Jack Straw and Tony Blair are fast becoming the only ones still to believe that there were WMD in Iraq. The war, quite simply, was not justified under any of the terms they tried to persuade us with.
Angela, Nottingham, UK

I want to see an inquiry into the reasons for going to war. This whole debacle has been constructed by the Prime Minister as a monumental distraction from the larger picture
Richard Seymour, London, England

At least now the governments critics will have to eat humble pie.
Bill Riddell, Lancaster, Lancashire

The standard of reporting by the BBC has sunk to such a low level that the BBC should no longer be supported as a public service.
Ray, Wimborne, UK

I do believe Tony Blair will be cleared of any involvement what so ever in David Kelly's death and war on Iraq. The Hutton inquiry is a waste of time and money.
M Asif, London

I can't help thinking that this entire thing is a smokescreen to avert attention from the real question
Jonathan, Herts

I can't help thinking that this entire thing is a smokescreen to avert attention from the real question. Did our government deliberately give us false information to take us to war? Am I only the only one who thinks this is far more serious than a journalist making a mistake? (Surely something that happens regularly!).
Jonathan, Herts

Classic case of "he who pays the piper sets the tune". Of course the government was going to come off unscathed.
Philip Le Roux, Hampshire England

The Hutton report will, I believe, change little. A media organisation more interested in politics than reporting and a government more interested in the media than policy will both pay little heed to this report. A few token sacrifices of middle-ranking people will undoubtedly be the response of both parties.
Gareth Rees, London

We need a much wider inquiry than Hutton
Jennifer, London, UK
I'd like the BBC to do better in future, but what I really care about is how the country is governed. We need a much wider inquiry than Hutton.
Jennifer, London, UK

Will there be an inquiry on how the Hutton report was leaked? It will give this political circus another reason to come to town.
Edward, UK

Sadly Blair, Campbell and Hoon will get out of this affair unscathed. Let us just hope that the electorate does the decent thing and votes them out of power in 18 months time.
William van Zwanenberg, London

I don't think the Hutton report is going to change many people's perceptions of the events. The polls on election day will give the true verdict on the government.
Philip Thompson, Aberdeen, Scotland

I think it's the same old story. It seems the media are to blame once again for falsifying the facts. Surely somebody's head should roll for this. A necessary inquiry, unnecessary for taxpayers' money though.
Adam Gregory, Coventry

Please BBC and other journalists don't forget this whole affair directed attention away from a serious issue not yet addressed - was the war justified and did anyone mislead the UK people? Can this be the subject of an equally rapid public inquiry asap?
Ian, UK

Neither the BBC or the present government may be perfect but let's face it - they're the best we've got. As far as I can see there are two parties who are at fault in all of this - Andrew Gilligan and David Kelly both of whom broke the rules of the organisations for which they worked and without whose participation none of this would have been necessary.
Paul, Kenilworth, England

We all know what happens next. Political parties will try to score points off each other from this report and Dr Kelly will still be dead. Shame on them.
Tobin, Cambridge, UK

Political journalists at the BBC or elsewhere have a duty to examine government policy and ask questions about the running of the country. Criticism of the present administration is commonplace in Britain - perhaps we take this freedom for granted. I am no die-hard Blair fan, but from the comments I have read here, many anticipate a report which will clear No 10, yet are prepared to write it off as another piece of spin; 'a whitewash'. Are we too sceptical to ever believe any good spoken of our politicians?
Rebecca, Gdansk, Poland

Let us now allow Blair continue with his job
Nazir Ahmed, Manchester
We all wanted this report, we have now got it. Let us now allow Blair continue with his job.
Nazir Ahmed, Manchester

Basically the report has to state whether the Government is honest or not. It is unlikely that any official report, independent or not, will ever claim that the government is lying and so the outcome is an inevitable whitewash. Hoon and Blair will escape and Kelly who cannot answer back (and by association, the BBC), will be disparaged. This is the way government works!
John Lowry, Kenilworth

Regardless of Lord Hutton's findings, it is a dire indictment of the Government, the MoD, and the BBC, that Dr Kelly was placed under such pressure that he saw no alternative to taking his own life. He was simply another casualty of the Iraq war, inflicted by those blinded by the obsessive need to justify their own actions.
C Mooney, York

I'm sure the Prime Minister believes himself to be an honest and reasonable guy. I don't agree with him.
John, Fleet, UK

The BBC is a political entity and should not be funded by public money. I hope this report has grave implications for the BBC.
Paul Ford, Colchester, UK

BBC wake up and leave Blair alone. On the grounds of morals he was correct in going with Bush, who is proven to be trigger happy but was controlled by Blair. Do not become a gutter press.
Suresh Chandarana, Borehamwood, Herts, England

What a fuss about this eagerly awaited 'verdict'. Does anyone really expect that Blair will be criticised ? I think not!
Elaine Baker, Stoke-on-Trent

It seems that the report doesn't answer the real question. Why did we go to war?
Nahed, Cambridge, UK

When will the people of this country wake up and realise that the Prime Minister is - although fallible - basically an honest and genuine guy?
Alan Wilkinson, Northumberland

I support the BBC 100%, whatever the Hutton inquiry says. Thank God there is still one body that is willing to criticise and debate issues these days without bowing to political correctness or anything else.
Kate, Wales




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