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David Traynier



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Panorama condemns BBC's own conduct in Kelly affair
By Alasdair Palmer
Telegraph 18/01/2004

http://makeashorterlink.com/?I21312F17

Panorama, the BBC's flagship current affairs programme, will this week broadcast a special peak-time programme deeply critical of the way the corporation handled its coverage of the events that led to the Hutton inquiry.

The programme has caused intense divisions within the BBC as it will be hard-hitting in its scrutiny of some of its own journalists and will also clear the Government of dishonesty in its handling of intelligence material.

The timing of the broadcast, exactly one week before Lord Hutton makes his long-awaited report into the events surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly, the weapons expert, is also controversial.

The programme, A Fight to the Death, is expected to be particularly critical of Andrew Gilligan, the BBC's Today programme journalist who reported alleged concern in the intelligence services about the Government's first dossier about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. It also criticises the corporation for standing by Gilligan before conducting an adequate investigation to establish the facts.

Greg Dyke, the director-general of the BBC, has said privately that he will not see the programme until it is broadcast and he will not intervene before it is shown. The programme has led to tensions within the BBC, particularly between current affairs staff, who made the programme, and news journalists, who are often rivals.

Panorama will be presented by John Ware, one of the BBC's most experienced reporters, and will last for one and a half hours. Unusually for a current affairs programme, it will be transmitted at peak time at 8.30pm on Wednesday. The programme's makers emphasise that they are not seeking to pre-empt Lord Hutton's report.

The documentary is believed to contradict the position on the controversy taken by Gavyn Davies, the chairman of the BBC's board of governors, and other senior BBC executives. They have said that the story - which initiated the row with the Government over the preparation of the intelligence dossier on Iraq and that led to the death of Mr Kelly - was substantially correct.

Panorama will examine the central allegation of the report broadcast at 6.07am on May 29 last year by Gilligan, the defence correspondent, on the Today programme: that the Government "probably knew the 45-minute warning [that Iraqi technicians could launch weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of being given the order to do so] was wrong".

Gilligan reported that the claim was nevertheless dishonestly put into the dossier by the Government over the objections of the intelligence services.

Although the BBC has admitted that Gilligan's report was "flawed", it has continued to maintain that his subsequent broadcasts on the same day and thereafter - some of which continued to amount to an allegation of dishonesty in the drawing up of the dossier - were largely correct.

The programme will be welcomed by Tony Blair because it clears the Government of dishonesty. It says that no evidence was produced at the Hutton Inquiry to show that Alastair Campbell, then the Prme Minister's communications chief, or anyone at No 10, ordered anything to be inserted into the dossier.

Rather, it asserts that any "sexing up" of the dosser was done because the intelligence services too readily agreed to some of No 10's suggestions.

The documentary will be critical of the BBC's decision to stand behind Gilligan's report without fully investigating how well-founded his original claim was and the inconsistencies in his broadcasts.

Moreover, had BBC managers looked at the reporter's original notes of his meeting with Dr Kelly, they would have discovered that these did not record Dr Kelly as saying the words Gilligan attributed to him.

No one asked to see his notes, however, and so the BBC only discovered that what came to be the central plank of its defence - that Mr Gilligan was "only faithfully reporting the words that his source had told him" - was unsupported when the reporter gave evidence to the Hutton Inquiry.

He was then forced to admit that "I do regard those words as imperfect and I should not have said them".

The role of the Prime Minister is understood to feature prominently in the programme, which examines Tony Blair's role in how Dr Kelly came to be named and thus exposed to a furious political storm.


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Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:46 pm
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Isn't there like this "make a shorter link" place on the web that you can use so that the thread doesn't become too wide? I'm not sure but I think I've seen something like that somewhere... I'm pretty new to this but I'm sure that would help.
Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:19 am
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finn mccool



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To answer my own question: yes there is! This is the place and I suggest people use it whenever the link they need to post is too long for the board:

http://makeashorterlink.com/index.php

I have made a shorter link for David's article:

http://makeashorterlink.com/?I21312F17

David , can you edit your post? This is bad PR for the forum... [insert creepy winking face here]
Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:24 pm
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Sue S



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Would it not just be easier to hot link the title? i.e.....

Panorama condemns BBC's own conduct in Kelly affair

[Insert smarmy smartarse smilie here]

Laughing

Sue.
Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:42 pm
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finn mccool &
Sue S


Very usefull tips!Idea
I was wondering why certain posts start to look wider and wider!
I thought it was text formatting that did it!

Thanks!
Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:55 pm
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*crying from shame*

Why oh why do I even try?

*sigh*
Tue Jan 20, 2004 1:16 pm
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Are you all surfing the net on steam-powered, microscopic monitors or something? I have a standard 17" monitor and the post looks no wider than anyone elses and the url I posted wraps onto two lines.

What are you all wittering on about?! Smile
Tue Jan 20, 2004 1:51 pm
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It's not what you've got David... It's what you do with it Wink

Sue...
Surfin' on a 13" notebook Razz
Tue Jan 20, 2004 2:11 pm
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Settle down Sue...

13 inches is enough for any woman, surely?
Tue Jan 20, 2004 2:16 pm
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I found this bit quite odd:

Quote:
he programme will be welcomed by Tony Blair because it clears the Government of dishonesty. It says that no evidence was produced at the Hutton Inquiry to show that Alastair Campbell, then the Prme Minister's communications chief, or anyone at No 10, ordered anything to be inserted into the dossier.

Rather, it asserts that any "sexing up" of the dosser was done because the intelligence services too readily agreed to some of No 10's suggestions.


eh? The government just suggested that the intelligence services present unsubstantiated claims as fact to scare a country into supporting an illegitimate war.. And that's ok?

Am i reading that wrong?
Tue Jan 20, 2004 2:28 pm
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Fix the link, David! It's not the size of the monitor! This really isn't asking too much, is it? Or do you simply not care?

Please.
Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:16 pm
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Very well, you soft people; I have altered the link. Though quite why it wraps for me and not for the rest of you, I have no idea.....
Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:30 pm
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Thanks David, that's better, fits snugly into my 13" now Wink

It could be a browser problem, I browse in Mozilla.

Sue.
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I stopped using Mozilla when it and Mothra destroyed Tokyo.
Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:47 pm
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Thank you. I hope we all learned a valuable lesson today.

I use mozilla as well, but it's not its fault if the board has some bugs.
Tue Jan 20, 2004 6:09 pm
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Quote:
"probably knew the 45-minute warning [that Iraqi technicians could launch weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of being given the order to do so] was wrong".


They did know it was wrong. The intelligence only pointed to battlefield weapons and Dr. Kelly probably heard this from one of his many contacts.

The transcript of the Susan Watts interview with David Kelly (which emerged at Hutton) clearly points out inteference from number 10 but for some reason, she thinks it was a throwaway comment.

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Tue Jan 20, 2004 6:26 pm
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Ive watched a fair few panorama programs and i think the program is pretty terrible. In comparison to C4's dispatches Panorama not only frequently reports on relatively uninportant "safe" issues but does so in a un impressive way often using bad dramtic reconstructions and silly graphics reconstructions. Their sourcing is selective..journalism bad...infact compared to propper investigative journalism Panorama is guilty of wholesale retardation not disimilar from the majority of BBC programing.
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Arriving late at the party, http://tinyurl.com/
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