September 17, 2003

Mea Culpa Department The Beeb

Mea Culpa Department

The Beeb (well, at least Gilligan) starts coming clean.

UPDATE: More from the FT.

AND MORE: The Guardian has a U.K. press round up on Gilligan.

And as the Beeb, more or less, leaves Gilligan out in the cold--the Daily Telegraph draws the obvious conclusions and asks the right follow on questions:

"It was not only Gilligan who was forced on to the defensive. Richard Sambrook, the head of BBC news and current affairs, was pressed for an account of the editorial process under which Gilligan was supervised. Why had no legal advice been sought? And no further corroboration of the story?

BBC executives were clearly convinced that - in broad terms - they were on to a genuine story, but they chose unwisely (and unprofessionally) to defend the Gilligan rendition of it in implacable detail. The corporation and its governors will have to answer for that misjudgment."

Indeed.

But instead of addressing these matters, the Beeb headlines this Hutton inquiry related story today.

Or, they shamelessly continue to pass the buck. This last link contains this gem from the Beeb's news director Richard Sambrook commenting on Gilligan:

He said Mr Gilligan was "extremely good at finding out information, but there are sometimes questions of nuances and subtlety in how he presents it which are not all they should be".

They aren't quite ready for a reckoning yet, are they? But it very much needs to happen.

Developing.

Posted by Gregory at September 17, 2003 01:07 PM
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