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War, Peace, and the Mass Media
Sunday, February 01, 2004  
Blog editor's note: If the Blair Government in England (and the Bush administration in the U.S.) thought the question of how they handled the matter of WMD in Iraq was going to pass into history with release of last week's Hutton Report, which harshly criticized the BBC for its coverage, nothing could be further from reality. According to polls in England, a considerable majority believe the report was a "white wash," while the BBC pot continues to simmer, and a revolt of prominent staffers may be in the making, as a report in The Observer makes plain.

Civil war splits BBC as staff turn on Ryder

David Smith, arts and media correspondent
Sunday February 1, 2004
The Observer

Some of the BBC's biggest names are considering quitting in protest at the attitude of its acting chairman and the greatest-ever threat to their journalistic independence.

The corporation was on the brink of civil war last night as union leaders warned that Greg Dyke's resignation as director-general had split the staff from the governors.

Lord Ryder, who became acting Chairman of Governors after the departure of Gavyn Davies, infuriated many BBC staff when he tried to draw a line under the Hutton crisis, saying: 'On behalf of the BBC I have no hesitation in apologising unreservedly for our errors and to the individuals whose reputations were affected by them.'

For the rest of this story, see The Observer

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