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Hutton Inquiry
Hutton inquiry

At lunchtime on 27 January 2004, BBC director general Greg Dyke sat down in his office to read the report of the Hutton inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of government scientist Dr David Kelly.

Forty minutes later he walked into an adjoining meeting room where the then BBC News director Richard Sambrook, his deputy Mark Damazer and business manager Magnus Brooke were doing the same. As he recalls: ‘They tell me I said something like, “Well, boys, we've been fucked, so what are we going to do about it?”’ (Dyke, 2004: 4). On 28 January BBC Chairman Gavyn Davies resigned. On the 29th, so did Greg Dyke.

Over the hot summer of 2003, journalists – and much of the public–were fixated by the ...

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