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What Andrew Heard is a work about fictional people who
witness and comment upon events that actually happened. Many
of the news accounts referred to by the characters appeared
in U.K. newspapers during 2003 and 2004. In addition,
certain speeches bear strong resemblances to public comments
by senior BBC executives. A list of sources follows.
29 May 2003
Arabellas summary of Gilligans original report highlights
the two main areas focused on by Lord Huttons inquiry. See
Simons statements about Gilligans column refer to the Mail
on Sunday, 1 June 2003, p. 26.
Simons mention of the fatal decision to mix patriotism with
journalism echoes Greg Dykes speech to the University of
London Goldsmiths College Journalism Symposium, 24 April
The phrases quoted by Simon and Gilly come from
correspondence between Richard Sambrook and Alastair
Campbell in June and July 2003, all submitted as evidence to
Simons comment regarding Campbell, he seems to think the BBC
takes its orders from Downing Street, echoes John Humphrys
quote: We take our orders from our bosses and not Alastair
Campbell. MediaGuardian.co.uk, as reported in Blair Told:
Its Time to Answer Vital Questions, Michael White and Matt
Wells, Guardian, 8 July 2003.
Arabellas reference to testosterone echoes Timothy Garton
Ash, Dont Bury This Treasure, Guardian, 1 April 2004. Other
commentators may have used similar analogies to describe the
nature of the dispute between the BBC and Number 10,
although I am unaware of specific examples.
Simons line that impartiality is in the DNA of the BBC, as
well as his frequent references to independence and
impartiality echo Dykes Goldsmiths College speech.
Arabella refers to the Central Pronunciation Unit. Georgina
Born refers to the CPU on p. 110 of her account of the BBC
under directors general John Birt and Greg Dyke. Uncertain
Vision by Georgina Born, published by Secker & Warburg.
Newspaper headlines as reported in Media Stories From Todays
Papers, 8 July 2003, http://www.media.guardian.co.uk
Arabella refers to the BBCs press statement of 7 July 2003,
BBC Says FAC Report Justifies BBC Journalism.
Gillys description of Dr. David Kelly is from Scientist
Named as BBC Contact, Richard Norton-Taylor and Matt Wells,
Guardian, 10 July 2003.
Gillys assertion that the important thing is how the BBC
responds echoes Dykes Goldsmiths College speech.
Simons statistics on the BBC are from the BBC Annual Report
and Accounts 2003/2004.
Gilly quotes the BBC press release of 17 July 2003, BBC
Statement Following Andrew Gilligans Appearance Before the
Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
Simons and Gillys references to the heat wave echo an
Associated Press story, Heat Wave Killed 11,000 in France,
Guardian, 29 August 2003.
Gillys remark about the newspapers calling for Gilligans
head are supported by editorials which appeared on 18
September, as summarised in Gilligan Will Pay a Heavy Price,
Guardian, 19 September 2003.
28 January 2004
The phrases quoted by Simon and Gilly come from the Hutton
Report. See http://www.the-hutton-inquiry.org.uk/rulings/statement/
Simons reference to the Atkins diet is supported by Greg
Dykes account of his final days at the BBC. Inside Story by
Greg Dyke, published by Harper Perennial.
Gillys remark that Dyke is the one who restored our
independence echoes Georgina Born in Uncertain Vision.
Simon quotes Gilligans resignation statement as reported by
the BBC, Gilligan Statement in Full, 30 January 2004.
The advertisement Simon reads is from the Daily Telegraph,
31 January 2004.
Greg Dykes statement as quoted in Dyke Forced Out By BBC
Governors, BBC News, 1 February 2004.
Quote by John Humphrys as reported in Humphrys Slams
Campbells Speech, BBC News, 9 February 2004.
Greg Dykes six-figure book deal mentioned in BBC
Independence Not Threatened, BBC News, 7 February 2004.
The quote about corrections is from Timothy Garton Ash, Dont
Bury This Treasure, Guardian, 1 April 2004.
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