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What now for the BBC?

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

I think the BBC has been most unfairly treated. There were faults on both sides and to castigate one, while totally exonerating the other, is unjust. I feel as upset about Lord Hutton's verdict as if it concerned my own family. Keep going as you are, BBC. You will be flourishing long after this government has been forgotten. My best wishes to you all - the Today programme in particular.
Mary Hopper, Keswick, England

Perhaps we will be grateful to Lord Hutton. If you trust the BBC, it is because it has no financial or political motive. We rely on it to work to the highest standard. It should not model itself on the Sun newspaper, which boasts its ability to elect governments, and gets their support, and can flout basic rules for profit, as in its leaking of the Hutton Inquiry conclusions.
Martin, Oxford, Oxford, UK

I feel huge sadness for the BBC and loyalty, but I have also felt great irritation over the last few months, in particular over the Today programme. It felt to me that every time a politician was interviewed the assumption was that they were liars and cheats. The superior sneer in the interviewer's voice grated on me. Now - whether you agree with Hutton or not you have to admit that it is possible for an intelligent reasonable person to judge a politician as honest. Now - perhaps - that possibility may occur to the interviewer not so as to be deferential, but simply fair.
Mark Wakelin, London

Where was Hutton during the Hutton inquiry?
Steve W, Belfast N Ireland
Don't like the BBC, never have, however, I have to say they have been totally stitched up by Hutton in a ridiculously one sided report. As one commentator asked 'where was Hutton during the Hutton inquiry?' he certainly was not listening to the evidence - or maybe he was 'sub-consciously'.
Steve W, Belfast N Ireland

This out is absurd. The BBC did its job and no one within the organization should be blamed for that. Honestly - this is something I would expect here in the States! Where's the outrage?! Why is no one asking the real question - WHERE ARE THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION?
Erik Larson, Portland, Oregon, USA

The BBC is stricken with the urge to opine and judge instead of inform and enlighten. So as far as I am concerned and I am no supporter of politicians of any stamp, the BBC has had its just deserts and I hope a few more heads: Sambrook, Humphrys etc roll a) for their parts in the events and b) pour encourager les autres.
Roger Lindsay, East Horsley

BBC should have under no circumstances issued an apology for telling the truth. Lord Hutton's report was a custom-made whitewash.
Jarkko, Finland

The best news I heard all year, probably all decade. Greg Dyke has done untold harm in dumbing down the BBC, both in its programme content and the Corporation's on- and off-screen image.
John Watts, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

I have never been so angry. The Government and the so-called advisors must think the British public are a load of chimps. No wonder they abandoned the Cambridge project - no need for it. They clearly feel they have a population of primates at their disposal, willing to swallow anything they wish us to digest. Greg - you're a martyr and you, and your wonderful journalists, have done nothing other than speak the truth.
Jackie David, Carshalton, Surrey

The BBC was wrong to back Andrew Gilligan's story in the way that they did. They have now apologised unreservedly and Greg Dyke and Gavyn Davies have done the honourable thing. It's sad to see them go but it was difficult to see how they could survive such criticism.
Melvyn Burton, Leeds

It's refreshing to see those with responsibility acting honourably and resigning
Milos Stankovic, Montevideo, Uruguay
Irrespective of the way in which Lord Hutton apportioned blame for the Kelly affair, the resignations of the BBC's Director General and Chairman illustrate the differences of mentality that exist at the BBC and in the government. Though sad, it is refreshing to see those with responsibility acting honourably and resigning. By contrast our cabinet ministers usually have to be pushed from power when found wanting - clinging desperately and shamelessly to their posts and privileges. Greg Dyke and Gavin Davies have acted with a maturity and correctness unmatched by the government. The BBC thus retains the moral high ground.
Milos Stankovic, Montevideo, Uruguay

It's not that much of a big deal is it? The BBC broadcast and thoughtlessly defended one bad report. So, alter the editorial process and procedures for handling complaints. I don't see why anything more is necessary.
David, Cardiff, Wales

Whilst it is fair to say that the BBC was sloppy in its handling of the Iraq dossier affair, the 'domino resignation' of its head honchos has all the characteristics of a show trial. This saddens me deeply - we are sleepwalking towards a government-controlled media.
Hal Berstram, Birmingham, UK

The BBC Chairman and Director General have now demonstrated real leadership. I wish I had the confidence to believe that, had the report criticised the Government in such a one-sided way, the politicians implicated would have reacted in the same way.
Nick, High Wycombe, UK

I have listened to BBC World Service everyday for the last 20 years and it is an essential part of my life. To me, and to many other people, it is simply the best radio and TV in the World. This is why I feel so upset about the clique of politicians who are trying to ruin this whole edifice for their own political advantage.
Dimitri Barua, Brussels, Belgium

I am happy those in the world that have been fooled by the BBC's bias reports will finally see the agency for what it is
Rob North, Detroit

Well, it's about time the BBC is seen for what it really is: an extremely bias, left wing, liberal propaganda machine. It is no surprise that the BBC got caught lying as it always warps the truth in order to force-feed its political agenda. I am happy those in the world that have been fooled by the BBC's bias reports will finally see the agency for what it is. Hats off to Tony Blair. He deserves the vindication!
Rob North, Detroit, MI, USA

Two down, two to go. Come on Mr Sambrook & Mr Gilligan, times up.
Roger, Whitwick, England

I am appalled to see that the Director General of the BBC too has now offered his resignation in response to the Hutton Report, whose conclusions were so biased as to be baffling. The Government would do well not to make their glee at these events so obvious.
Colin, Paris, France

The only consolation is that the BBC will still be here long after this government sinks into the past
Malcolm, Kilwinning

So, Teflon Tony and his band of spinmeisters escape again, while one of the most effective Director Generals in the BBC's history falls on his sword. The only consolation is that the BBC will still be here long after this government sinks into the past.
Malcolm, Kilwinning, Scotland

When will Andrew Gilligan do the honourable thing and follow Dyke and Davies out of the BBC? As the catalyst for the whole affair he cannot expect to avoid the ramifications of his actions.
Adam Frost, Birmingham

Greg Dyke offered real vision and future for the BBC and brought it out of its stale past.
Jez, Derbyshire

Gilligan made a mistake in his early morning broadcast. If only he and the Beeb had apologised straightaway there would have been no media frenzy, no suicide, no inquiry and no embarrassment for the BBC Governors. It is all so sad.
Stephen Leeke, Cambridge, UK

Democracy in this country owes more to the BBC than it does to this government.
Steve Price, Overton, UK

A sad time for the country.
Simon , Sheffield, UK

Why are you at the BBC becoming so spineless at a time when we need some real backbone?
A Latter & F Searley, Plymouth

Why are you at the BBC becoming so spineless at a time when we need some real backbone? Why on earth are you allowing GD to go? Do we believe MPs are telling the truth?
A Latter & F Searley, Plymouth, Devon

The BBC has to get back to what they always do - providing unbiased and uninfluenced journalism. The only mistake they made was not to follow up on Campbell's first complaint and issue an apology. My real fear is the Hutton report stops the BBC from fully scrutinising the government.
John Merrick, Aylesbury, Bucks

It is about time the BBC is brought under control and their arrogance neutered. For far too long they have thought themselves above the "law" so to speak, and can act and do as they please. Hutton tells them they can't, and about time!
Raymond Goldsmith, USA

Blair Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) I fear.
Mark F, Sheffield UK

What a sad and potentially dangerous day for this country
Tim Hodge, Westgate, Kent
What a sad and potentially dangerous day for this country. The politicians have won. The conclusions of Lord Hutton flew in the face of the evidence presented to the enquiry. It is an appalling whitewash, but accomplished what the politicians were seeking. There now appears to be no chance of an enquiry into the real issue, namely the illegal war against Iraq.
Tim Hodge, Westgate, Kent

The BBC is on the whole a good service. It has been used as an easy scapegoat. However, maybe now is the time for it to find its own funding and stop being yet another tax burden on this country's already over taxed society.
Simone, England

I wonder if all those politicians would have had the good grace to resign, somehow I doubt it. I hope the government doesn't take this as a green light to attack the BBC further in the charter renewal. I still trust the BBC far more than this government & I was until recently a Labour supporter.
Adrian Prus, Heathfield, UK

I hope that the overwhelming majority of the British people will support the BBC in this unwarranted attack on freedom of speech by the government. Do not yield to the pressure.
Tim Young, Bordon, Hampshire

The BBC always had a reputation for fair and accurate reporting. That has now been damaged. There needs to be a full and generous apology rather than the limited and miserly one given by Dyke. There also needs to be a full and public review of the editorial control of stories so that the public can again have trust in what the BBC broadcasts
John B, Bexleyheath, England

I am generally a great fan of the BBC, and no fan of New Labour, and I'm quite sure there will continue to be doubt about the government's position, and people who advocate 'standing up to them'. But this is not about who we believe and who we don't - it's about only reporting things that you can support, and being prepared to apologise *quickly* when you realise you have said things you can't. It is humble pie time BBC - eat as much as you can stomach, because we need you to keep your standards as well as your independence.
Nick Thomas, London, UK

If only Blair, Hoon, Campbell etc. had half the honour and integrity of Greg Dyke and Gavyn Davis. They would have resigned a long time ago.
Abeer El-Sayed, Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK

Greg Dyke resigning is the best thing that could have happened to the BBC
Mark Thornton, Abingdon, UK
Greg Dyke resigning is the best thing that could have happened to the BBC. Now it can concentrate on its public service remit instead of 'competing' with Sky News. The BBC should stick to finding the truth. Remember: revenge is a dish best served cold. There are still plenty of other lies which - with patience and unimpeachable reporting - the BBC can still uncover about why we went to war. Iraq may still be the end of Blair and (god willing) Bush.
Mark Thornton, Abingdon, UK

All of this could have been prevented if the BBC had apologised in the first place for a deeply repugnant allegation which had no substance. What we need now, following Hutton, is to have a Board of Governors elected by those who are registered licence payers. It ought to be easy to organise, and would provide a mechanism to make the BBC accountable to those who fund it.
Stephen Trott, Northampton UK

A shake-up at the BBC is exactly what is needed. I found the one-sidedness of the reporting before, during and after the Iraq war truly appalling. The BBC showed itself highly partisan and failed in its duty to provide objective news coverage.
Cate, Australia

Greg Dyke's resignation will do the BBC and journalism in general no favours. Whatever the rights and wrongs attributed to the BBC in Hutton's biased report, politicians cannot be allowed to dictate journalistic freedom of speech. To allow them to do so is the thin end of the wedge. It puts the personal freedom of everyone to express an opinion at risk. If the BBC was wrong in some of its actions, it has apologised. It need do no more. Come on BBC, show some guts and stand fast.
David Sanders, Worthing, UK

Greg Dyke was right to fight so ferociously for the independence of the BBC from political interference
Paul, London
Greg Dyke was right to fight so ferociously for the independence of the BBC from political interference. However, it is a shame that the fight chosen was not the right one and based on a sturdier defence (Gilligan must surely go as well). The BBC should, and I am sure will, reform its procedures and should then carry on being the beacon of quality and journalistic independence that it has always been. Let's hope that this does not lead to a free for all in attacking the BBC and perhaps throwing the baby out with the bathwater in the inevitable clamour for reform that will now ensue - the BBC is too precious an institution for that.
Paul, London

Another head on a platter, but to what end?
Lisa, London

I am delighted by the resignations of Dyke & Davies. I feel these two men have been responsible for a steep decline in standards at the BBC and have dragged the name of this once-great institution through the mud. Let's hope the government think long and hard, and consult widely, on the right as well as the left, before appointing their successors.
Bernard, Shrewsbury, UK

In exerting this pressure on Greg Dyke and the BBC, Tony Blair demonstrates that he serves his own agenda first and the well-being of the country second. The Government is now showing itself to be as manipulative and spiteful as Mrs Thatcher's hated Tory administration, whose years in power turned me into a Labour voter. But with this assault on the independence of the BBC, Tony Blair has achieved the unthinkable - if it requires voting Conservative to get him out, I will do something I have never done before - vote Tory.
Katy, Bristol

The BBC needs strong nerves here. Greg Dyke's resignation is understandable and probably inevitable but I for one wish to use this opportunity to send my strongest support to the BBC, to Mr Dyke personally and to Mr Gilligan despite the minor flaws in his reporting. I am profoundly dismayed by the biased and non-credible Hutton report and I fear that the consequences of this may be to whip the BBC into timidity at a time when we, the public, need it to be brave, forthright and responsible as it was over the run-up to the illegal war against Iraq. I only hope that a great furore will ensue as a result of this unfair, unjust whitewash of the thuggish behaviour of the MoD and the Prime Minister's closest team.
Rod Nelson, Nailsworth Gloucester

I am absolutely horrified by Greg Dyke's resignation. How much more does the government expect. It got one resignation and an apology. Will this be enough? It worries me immensely that the government has forced this through. With an ineffective opposition in the commons the BBC felt like the only check on government autonomy.
Linda Cirant, Bristol, UK

The BBC resignations following Lord Hutton's criticisms will, in the longer term, serve only to strengthen its position as the world's foremost and most widely respected news organization.
Grant, Halifax, Canada

The BBC was simply doing its job
Dan Morgan, London
Its a great shame that Dyke has resigned - especially as the BBC was simply doing its job. The whole situation seems very suspicious, I don't believe any of the newspapers would have been pursued in such a manner, something stinks. Here's hoping the BBC continues to report and expose the gaping holes in government policy.
Dan Morgan, London

Whilst the two resignations are a welcome acknowledgement that the BBC is facing up to Hutton's searing criticisms, it cannot stop there. By far the most important thing is that the BBC now looks very carefully at its editorial and journalistic practices. Unique among British broadcasters, the publicly funded BBC now has a duty to return to its founding values of objective, well founded reporting and news coverage. Of course it has to compete for viewers with other channels, but the corporation will only secure its future and regain the trust of the public and politicians if its shows it is prepared to rise above the dumbed down style of other broadcasters.
Edward, Cardiff

All thru my life the BBC has held a unique position. From listening to the world service on short wave in the 50's to the digital channels of today you are an icon of Britishness. When we think about Hutton must take care not to "put the baby out with the bath water". There are many things that the BBC does which are unparalleled, respected and brilliant, but for the last 15 years the Paxmanesque bully-boy tactics employed by the news teams in attempting to make news or win ratings wars (often by completely misconstruing the comments of an interviewee has finally resulted in the sharp and accurate criticism that it's behaviour has warranted.
Malcolm Duckett, Alton, Hampshire

Good riddance. Perhaps we can look forward to real accurate news without bias and petty political embellishments.
Ian, Royston UK

The loss of Mr Dyke is tragic, unnecessary and unfair
Janice Hawes, Leighton Buzzard, UK

The loss of Mr Dyke is tragic, unnecessary and unfair. I don't believe the Hutton report and we should all lobby for a further enquiry. Quite frankly its scandalous!
Janice Hawes, Leighton Buzzard, UK

Fight on, why has Greg Dyke resigned? This country had freedom of speech until Blair came. Was the Hutton report supposed to investigate the BBC? I thought not.
Janet Harris, Liverpool

What an absolute disgrace. How dare Tony Blair demand an apology from the BBC for reporting the facts as they see them? This resignation will damage Tony Blair more in the long run than the BBC - what a fool!
Kevin Geals, Telford

This is a mistake for Greg D to go
Deian Vincent, Bath, UK

This is a mistake for Greg D to go. The Hutton inquiry was really Government investigating Government. All the result has done is given the Government another chance to control the BBC.
Deian Vincent, Bath, UK

Three cheers for Lord Hutton. At last the BBC has to address its persistent arrogance. Hopefully no more self regulation. Hopefully no more condescending pretending to care what the viewer / listener thinks. Hopefully a real watchdog with power, not only to rebuke but to instigate change when complaints are justified, will be put in place.
Tim, Bishop Auckland

Perhaps someone should ask Andrew Gilligan to resign, given that it seems he is not going to offer it himself.
Steve Power, Leeds UK

It is right that Greg Dyke has resigned
Stephen Edwards, Wokingham, UK

It is right that Greg Dyke has resigned. He's shown himself to be unfit for the role as Director General. He failed to investigate the Government's complaint properly and did not provide the Board of Governor's with the necessary evidence nor guidance.
Stephen Edwards, Wokingham, UK

Alistair Campbell for the top job at the BBC. SO that's why he resigned months ago!
John Flatley, Wigan, England

I am absolutely devastated that the BBC has lost its best leader. This is a tragedy and just demonstrates how ridiculous this government has become.
Roy, London

I am deeply saddened to read of Dyke's resignation
Dr Matthew Howard, London

I am deeply saddened to read of Dyke's resignation, and I am further sickened by our government's triumph stance. This is a dark day for freedom of speech and, I fear, parliamentary democracy. I believe we should urge the BBC to stand its ground and not be further bullied by the spin machine of Number 10.
Dr Matthew Howard, London, UK

Now its time for Tony Blair and Geoff Hoon to consider their position as BBC chairman and Director General resigns.
Akash, UK

I am very concerned about the Hutton Report's conclusions and possible effects on the structure, functions, integrity and independence of the BBC. I am in full support of the BBC. I think you need to tighten up editorial control of highly contentious stories for defensive reasons, because the Government is untrustworthy and corrupted by its perceived right to set and control the news agenda. Please don't let us down. Don't apologise any more.
Susan J Bennet, Hexham, England

It is vital that the BBC remains licence fee funded. There are no other media enterprises which are, and therefore, which are able to provide truly unbiased reports. That the BBC has jeopardised this, through its conduct over Gilligan's report, is shameful. Greg Dyke should resign and the BBC should do all it can to reassure licence fee payers that this will never be repeated.
Guy Rogers, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

An independent BBC is as much a part of Britain as the government and the monarchy and in my view probably more important than both
Ray Sturgess, Limavady

An independent BBC is as much a part of Britain as the government and the monarchy and in my view probably more important than both. Any person, institute or political party who attempt to control the BBC is in my view, tantamount to being dictators. Sort out this mess and I think, some people should take my advice as a shareholder i.e. license payer, do not attempt to use this error, as an excuse to smash the most important instrument of truth around the world - Hutton or no Hutton.
Ray Sturgess, Limavady, N Ireland

There are too many reporters in the BBC trying to make a name for themselves by uncovering their own 'Watergate'. It is time to start reporting news and not trying to make news!
Nick King, Nottingham, UK

There seems to be a lot of support for the BBC on this site. Your problem is that as long as Gilligan, Sambrook and Dyke remain at the BBC, I simply think you made all the supporting emails up. The word is TRUST... you have lost it; you know what must be done to regain it. That these people are still there makes the arrogance of the BBC palpable.
Philip Gibson, Oldham

I listened to Hutton's broadcast and basically what he said was correct. Perhaps he didn't address issues the way some may have wanted it reviewed but he did what he said he'd do! I hope the BBC learns from this.
Chris, England

The balance of power between journalists and politicians is clear: journalists have the power not the politicians. That's why people who want to make a difference become journalists not politicians, and why so few able people are prepared to enter politics. A lesson from Hutton is that the balance of power is wrong and that some power must shift from journalists to politicians. Only then will we get higher quality politicians who are accountable and fewer arrogant journalists who aren't.
Anthony Wood, Bristol, UK

In any commercial enterprise, if the chairman had to resign because of an employee's actions, there would be no question that the employee would be retained. In fact he would be the first to go, followed by a clear out of any other managers involved in the debacle. I think it would be a grave mistake for the BBC to retain Gilligan, and it would give a clear message to other journalists that your boss takes the rap when you don't do your job properly. The BBC's reputation is far too important, it has been a beacon of integrity in journalism for decades. It is a great national asset and it must rid itself of Gilligan and send a message to other journalists and their editors by taking very tough action to protect its name.
Nick Leon, London, UK

The Hutton Report says what it says and the BBC should accept it and move on!
John Chan, Singapore
The Hutton Report says what it says and the BBC should accept it and move on! Rather than try to dissect it to find justification that there are parts which are unfair, remember , it could have gone the other way too and then it may be crowing that it was right all the time too! I do no think my impression of the BBC has changed a bit and I still continue to listen to its news reports as I have been doing for the last 40 years! So, get on with the job and clean up your act. Tomorrow is another day!
John Chan, Singapore

I am incredulous that the Hutton report has laid so much blame on the BBC whilst leaving the government smelling of roses. Not one person I have spoken to - and there have been quite a few - believes that all the blame, or even much of the blame, lies at the BBC's door. Tony Blair et al have got away with misinformation and deceit. It should be the likes of Alistair Campbell and Hoon who should be tendering their resignations, not the BBC board of governors. The whole thing is a joke. I respect the BBC for standing up to our government.
Terri Chapman, London, UK

The arrogance of the BBC appears to have no grounds. The resignation letter from the Chairman and the response from Greg Dyke have been the worst possible response. Trying to undermine Lord Hutton's report simply strengthens Lord Hutton's conclusion that the BBC are not prepared to believe anyone's truth except their own. Without a full and clear apology to the Prime Minister, Alastair Campbell and now I feel Lord Hutton, Greg Dyke should go.
Peter Lassey, Halifax, England

The BBC came to the wrong conclusion, that the government manipulated the dossier, a mistake which ended the career of Mr. Campbell. The British intelligence community along with the government also draw wrong conclusions, which lead to the deaths of thousands of people and now the BBC needs to change?? Perspective please!
Frank, Europe

This Hutton report is a show case of hypocrisy and irony
Andre Matta, Netherlands
My unconditional support to the BBC. This Hutton report is a show case of hypocrisy and irony. Hypocrisy, because it is hard to believe that the government did not know that the 45 minutes claim was a hoax. As it happens, Iraq would not be able to use WMDs against the UK in 45 years, let alone minutes. Irony, because even if the government was indeed misinformed, Mr. Blair has not been reprimanded for adding the 45 minutes allegation to the very report he published to justify the war against Iraq - In other words, the fact that he did not make sure that the information he was providing was legit does not bear any consequences on him. On the other hand the BBC's governor was forced to resign exactly for the same reason: He is believed to have been negligent in cheeking the veracity of the information BBC published. This is disgusting - a real new labour stuff.
Andre Matta, Netherlands

Perhaps the BBC should offer an apology, but not until Tony Blair has apologised to the entire country for starting a war against Iraq based on WMD that were never there and for which there was never any genuine evidence.
Ian Fleming, Guildford UK

I feel disgusted that after all the criticism Andrew Gilligan wants to continue working for the BBC. He should resign forthwith or be sacked. How could anyone take him now seriously? If the BBC allows him to continue than they have learned nothing from the Hutton enquiry.
Ann K, UK

The BBC should deal with the criticism exactly like the Labour Party deals with it. Ignore it completely.
John Stephenson, Manchester UK

Campbell's smoke screen seems, sadly, to have worked
Andrew Bowie, Cambridge
Campbell's smoke screen seems, sadly, to have worked. That one slight inaccuracy by Gilligan should be used for a general attack on the integrity of the BBC is ludicrous. Stand up to them.
Andrew Bowie, Cambridge UK

I think the lesson to learn is that the BBC should admit mistakes when they happen. Everyone can make mistakes, including journalists. To make mistakes is no shame, but to try to cover them up is. Gilligan's report contained mistakes, but the gist was true. That the BBC should be solely to blame, is, to me, unfair and simply wrong. The incident should lead to a wider debate about the media, politics and their interrelations.
Maarten van Beek, Son en Breugel, Holland

Gavyn Davis is right to criticize this report, in fact, I don't think the BBC went far enough. Its independence and integrity should not be interfered with. The government wants a puppet
Jena, Pasadena, USA

You were wrong. Apologise. You have everything to gain from doing this, not least some credibility and proof that you recognize your mistakes. Until you do so, I shall not trust your journalism, though I admire people like John Simpson.
Dr TLP Watts, London UK

The BBC must put into place measures to ensure that this never happens again
Gary Gatter, London, UK
The BBC must put into place measures to ensure that this never happens again. Did anyone believe that the Prime Minister put the 45 minute claim into the dossier knowing it to be a lie? I am a Labour supporter but if the situation had been reversed and this had been a Conservative Prime Minister accused of the same thing I would not have believed that either. The accusation was ridiculous and any clear thinking person would see that and simple checks (did nobody at the BBC check Gilligan's notes?) are all that is required.
Gary Gatter, London, UK

The BBC has acknowledged its mistakes but the "drubbing" handed out by Lord Hutton was too severe. The BBC must remain impartial and distinctly separate from any political party.
Mary Rose Carman, Newport Pagnell, UK

The BBC having nothing to celebrate and nor do the public. What is amazing is your reporting that Tony Blair is celebrating. Celebrating what?
Lynn, UK

Whatever the BBC thinks of Lord Hutton's report it should not seek to question the seemingly one-sided nature of it. Let other independent commentators do that. The BBC needs to get the message out that it acknowledged the claim that Andrew Gilligan made was wrong and that they have put in place revised procedures in light of this. The BBC needs to repeat this message to ensure that people know that changes have been made and lessons learned. What the BBC must not do is allow itself to be cowed by politicians who do not like being held to account. Accept the report, publicise the changes that have been made and concentrate on being a news organisation that reports the facts and operates to the highest standards.
Michael, Cambridge, UK

I still do not believe the BBC did anything wrong other than the mistakes for which it has already apologised
Kathy, UK
I still do not believe the BBC did anything wrong other than the mistakes for which it has already apologised. Gavyn Davies has resigned; let it rest there. I do not want to see the BBC alter its modus operandi as a result of this, and I believe very strongly that there are many questions that could be asked about the impartiality and findings of the Hutton Report, which was quite frankly unbelievable in the light of previous events. We need the BBC and we need its critical, and appraising stance. If there is no-one left to criticise the political status quo, one has to ask, do we still have a democracy?
Kathy, UK

Thank you for publishing Gavyn Davies's last comments while resigning. It was a simply delightful piece of reading; Congratulations! You are simply great!! May God give you all the strength to continue to lead the world in the field of Journalism and show the readers that Journalists and Journalism is much above politics and therefore the harsher dealings!
Dr Shakti Majumdar, Gent, Belgium

If the head's of the BBC staff must roll on the basis they published false information about the government then surely the leaders of the government should do the same over the false information they gave about WMDs. Mr Blair gets away scott free with an 'Oh sorry' whilst the BBC is 'in turmoil'. Nice double standard Mr Blair!
Robin Doyle, London

Ever since the announcement of the Hutton Inquiry and throughout the proceedings, the media was full of reports characterising Lord Hutton as firm, eminently fair, intellectually rigorous, and nobody's fool. There was a palpable sense of "he'll sort Tony Blair & Alistair Campbell out". Since the publication of the report, the howls of "unfair" and "whitewash" coming from some sections of the media and in particular the BBC have been deafening. Is this sour grapes or was the original reporting in the media, once again, just plain wrong?
Erica Roberts, Leeds UK

We shouldn't allow the government to gain a tight control on what the BBC can or cannot say
Jamie, United Kingdom
I sense a knee-jerk reaction going on here. This was one mistake on the part of the BBC. Their reporting is nowhere nearly as biased as some would have us believe - in fact it's incredibly unbiased if you compare it to the US media. The licence fee should stay and we shouldn't allow the government to gain a tight control on what the BBC can or cannot say. On the subject of Gavyn Davies' resignation - fair enough. He's done the correct thing I think. How many of Blair's minister's would have done the same thing if the report had gone against them?
Jamie, United Kingdom

A lot of commentary here focuses on irrelevant issues and draws irrelevant conclusions. Neither WMD nor even Andrew Gilligan's original report are particularly important here. Journalists get things wrong all the time. The issue at question is why the BBC took such a cavalier attitude to this matter and refused to properly look into claims that the reports were both inaccurate and unfounded. We still don't know why. Many saw that the BBC tried to ride this out by deliberately allowing the issues to be clouded by the WMD affair and for the central (false) charges to be repeated ad nauseam for months after it became clear that there was no real substance to Gilligan's claims regarding Campbell or Blair. The correct thing to do now is to (a) stop continuing to confuse the issues by alluding to the failure to find WMD (b) swiftly institute measures to ensure that any future complaints of failings of journalistic integrity will be taken seriously.
Paul Wilson, London

Surely Andrew Gilligan cannot continue to work at the BBC. Who in any seriousness is going to believe him when he next comes up with startling revelations? He should stick to writing for the Daily Mail where his political leanings and prejudices are more at home.
Julian Planterose, Sussex

There is a culture within BBC journalism which promotes its own agenda
Steve, UK
The sub-text of those who are staunchly defending the BBC and/or see the Hutton Report as a "whitewash" is that Tony Blair is indeed a liar and doesn't run the kind of government they want, so journalists had every right to try and force him from office. This attitude is arrogant and deeply offensive because of one simple fact: politicians are ultimately accountable to the electorate whereas BBC management and journalists are not. Impugning Tony Blair's integrity and sincerity have got his opponents nowhere simply because there is nothing to impugn; had journalists concentrated on the PM's judgment in interpreting the intelligence that took us to war they may have got a lot further and even toppled him. There is a culture within BBC journalism which promotes its own agenda, much of which might coincide with the sort of social democracy that the PM represents but much which does not. This is just plain wrong and the BBC really needs to examine it's core values and remember its motto: "Nation Shall Speak Truth Unto Nation".
Steve, UK

I have sat up late at night and watched every episode of the Hutton Report on Sky News (Actual words spoken by actors) It now seems as though I have been watching the wrong program. It turns out to have been a DIY program on how to whitewash.
Frank Ash, Nottingham, England

The BBC is the most valuable broadcasting company the world has. If the Labour government set about privatising it then it will show that they really are setting out to destroy this country.
Richard Moore, London, UK

The BBC should now concentrate on its traditional role of reporting news events rather than commenting on them
Kevin Murtagh, Den Haag Nederland
The BBC should now concentrate on its traditional role of reporting news events rather than commenting on them and even attempting to manipulate them. The 'dumbed down' level of 'debate' on some BBC programmes is astonishing. Quite recently I heard one of Radio 5 Live's leading mouth-and-no-trousers merchants, Nicky Campbell, address Gordon Brown thus: 'Listen Chancellor, I know you're not stupid but...' It is surely now time for the BBC to revert to informing and educating rather than spuriously entertaining.
Kevin Murtagh, Den Haag Nederland

I am a lawyer and have read judicial decisions all my professional life. The only truth I know and understand about our judiciary is that they are as human as the rest of us and the system recognises that. Where bad decisions are made, they are the subject of an appeal. There is no appeal from Hutton's report, but that does not mean it is a good decision. Many well meaning judges make appalling decisions for lots of good reasons. The idea that the government are blameless and the death of Kelly is purely the fault of the BBC, actually beggars belief. This decision has grave implications for how the judiciary will be perceived in the future and may lead to a loss of confidence in the judicial system which would be far more serious than any spat with the BBC.
Ian McL, Aberdeen, UK

A threat to press freedom? No. Certainly not. It means, however, that the BBC too is fallible. The post-Hutton comments by Mr Davies are in my view very unfortunate. After all, the BBC has spent its entirely life pointing to the defects of other institutions/individuals. There is nothing wrong if it takes some of the blames this one time around. There are always lessons to be learnt from mistakes. But the way Mr Davies has behaved demonstrates that the BBC is infallible - and untouchable, too.
Julius Sandy, Birmingham

Cheers for the BBC! I feel amazed that the Hutton Report has not been challenged. Britain has many good things but having aristocratic judges in these cases rises many questions to me. So there are no WMD in Iraq, the main argument for war, and the only liar here is the BBC reporter. That's pretty odd to me!! Blair did not lie? Really? It's the secret service fault? Foreign secret services? How can you swallow all this??
Josť Sousa, Lisboa Portugal

It seems the Government complain too much over one sentence uttered in an unscripted Radio broadcast
Stephen Young, Glasgow
The Government has won its day in court over the narrow remit given Lord Hutton. I still believe the BBC got the coverage right over 100's of broadcast hours. It seems the Government complain too much over one sentence uttered in an unscripted Radio broadcast. In concentrating on the BBC we miss the fundamental hypocrisy of the Government / Intelligence service ?, publishing a dodgy dossier to justify going to war. When now the ex-lead US man in Iraq says WMD will never be found!. By beating the BBC the government deflects the need for this investigation.
Stephen Young, Glasgow

This was a mistake by the BBC, but certainly not a justification for the "sweeping changes" that some would like to see. Perspective must be maintained here. Gilligan did not use a script, which led to problems. So then, review editorial controls. The governors must be firm, and not allow themselves to be bullied. If the price of an independent BBC is the occasional mistake, that is worth paying. I do not want the BBC "brought to heel". News stories are not always convenient - any politician who expresses an interest in "supervising" the BBC is to be viewed with great suspicion.
Chris Bland, London, UK

BBC governors should be selected from experienced broadcasters and journalists. Gavyn Davies was an economist (albeit a very good one) at a US investment bank. What qualifications for the job did he have? He was a high profile and very wealthy supporter of New Labour.
Geoff Lunt, London, England

To regain its credibility, BBC should do two things. Lord Hutton has unequivocally said that they were not only at fault, they also failed to correct their mistakes. The people at fault must accept the report and resign, including Dyke and Gilligan. Second and more important, they should set and publish their own journalistic standards and adhere to them.
N Sundar, New Malden, UK

I feel Gavyn Davies falling on his sword is more than enough
Nigel Collins, Brighton, England
The BBC has made mistakes and they admitted to these even before the findings were released. Alistair Campbell wants to see "heads roll" but I feel Gavyn Davies falling on his sword is more than enough. Looking at a balance of the newspapers this morning only two seem to side with the findings of this inquiry, the Sun (unsurprisingly as a Murdoch owned paper with its own agenda) and the Star. The BBC does need to look at some of its internal structures but I hope it never loses its autonomy and its right to give a people a balanced view rather than always towing the Government line.
Nigel Collins, Brighton, England

Gavyn Davies should not have resigned. What the BBC needs to do now is hold its nerve. The vultures are gathering, just as they have done many times in the past. Strong leadership is required to resist the calls for tighter political control - the first step on the road to fascism. Never forget that newspapers are largely the carrion crows of politicians. Ignore them, apologise politely, and tighten up editing on magazine-type news programmes. The giants like Newsnight are what keeps this country a democracy.
Tom, Burnley, UK

I believe that the BBC should stand firm against this criticism. Obviously there are concerns about editorial checks but unless we really are through the looking glass then it is clear that the substance of what Gilligan and the BBC reported was true. David Kay said as much yesterday when he doubted that WMD existed or would be found. The BBC should stand for that truth or be blown away into a pale shadow of itself when the truth does eventually out. how much worse that the Beeb got it wrong once editorially and then became duplicitous in lies. There are no WMD. Report it.
Stevie Anderson, Glasgow

Why is Greg Dyke still at his desk? Why is Richard Sambrook still at his desk?
Roger, Whitwick
If Gavyn Davies is so sure of his ground and is critical of Hutton's findings, why did he resign? More to the point, why is Greg Dyke still at his desk? Why is Richard Sambrook still at his desk? Why is Andrew Gilligan carping on about keeping his job? If I had made a similar "error" in my profession I would be expected to resign!, and if I didn't I would be sacked. Who can trust anything Mr Gilligan reports about the Government again? He is totally flawed now, & should not sully the BBC's tattered reputation any further with his presence.
Roger, Whitwick England

The board should fire Andrew Gilligan immediately. Next, they should institute a complete top to bottom review of the procedures and processes under which BBC journalists operate. The goal being to shake out the elements that appear to be leading to the current level of biased and subjective reporting long time listeners and viewers have become sick of.
Graeme, Boston, USA

The sooner the licence fee is scrapped, the better. The BBC should be like a normal TV company - thus no need for regulation.
Alan, Scotland

In the field of news, mistakes are made. The British newspapers can hardly criticise, as they frequently mis-report news, distort it, or just make it up. The BBC is normally excellent, and should not bow to pressure to become more Government friendly. I certainly believe the BBC ahead of any Politician.
John C, Bath, England

Now the BBC will hesitate to investigate any further wrong doings in government
Colin Wright, UK
Now the BBC will hesitate to investigate any further wrong doings in government. This should make it easy for the government to continue to distort the truth and possibly turn the BBC into a sort of government cheerleading squad, much as the mainstream American press is for Bush. A dark day for the BBC, truth and democracy the Hutton Whitewash will be long remembered.
Colin Wright, UK

Could I suggest the BBC ban all politicians from the airwaves.
JP, Glasgow





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