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Full text of Greg Dyke's statement

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MUMBAI: Given below, is the full text of the statement made by the BBC director-general on the Hutton report:

"Dr Kelly's death was a tragedy for his family and again we offer our sincere condolences to them."

"We note Lord Hutton's criticisms of the BBC. Many of these relate to mistakes which the BBC has already acknowledged in its submissions to the inquiry and for which we have already expressed regret.

"Thanks to the process of Lord Hutton's inquiry we now know more about the evolution of the September dossier.

"The BBC does accept that certain key allegations reported by Andrew Gilligan on the Today programme on May 29 last year were wrong and we apologise for them.

"However, we would point out again that at no stage in the last eight months have we accused the prime minister of lying and we have said this publicly on several occasions.

"The dossier raised issues of great public interest. Dr Kelly was a credible source. Provided his allegations were reported accurately, the public in a modern democracy had a right to be made aware of them. The greater part of the BBC's coverage of the dossier fulfilled this purpose.

"We have already taken steps to improve our procedures. A new complaints and compliance structure has been put in place under the deputy director-general. We have a new set of rules for BBC journalists who wish to write for newspapers or magazines and we will be publishing revised editorial guidelines.

"There are other findings in the report, including those about the dossier, which we will consider carefully. 

"The BBC governors will be meeting formally tomorrow and will give further consideration to Lord Hutton's report. No further comment will be made until after that meeting."

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