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By Hasan Suroor
The BBC's dramatic admission after maintaining that Dr. Kelly had not been its main source provoked anger over its conduct at not having acknowledged this before and there was speculation that heads might roll at the BBC. Dr. Kelly's local Labour MP, Tory Robert Jackson, demanded the resignation of the BBC chairman, Gavyn Davies.
There were also calls for its director-general, Greg Dyke, to quit but the BBC maintained that it had "accurately" reported and interpreted Dr. Kelly's remarks.
The BBC's admission came in a brief statement today from its director of news, Richard Sambrook, who said the corporation had until now owed Dr. Kelly a duty of confidentiality and it was "profoundly sorry" that his involvement as the source for its defence correspondent Andrew Gilligan's report had ended in tragedy.
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