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Attacks on BBC are nothing new

We should be very wary of baying politicians and rival networks wanting to take the BBC down a peg or two.

Labour's Ben Bradshaw has cited the Andrew Gilligan affair as another example of BBC malfeasance; whereas we all now know that Gilligan, in spite of Hutton, was substantially correct.

Alastair Campbell and the Labour government used the incident to cover their own tracks and to hobble the BBC.

It is actually a tribute to the journalistic integrity of the BBC that at different times politicians of all parties take a pop at and try to weaken it.

GAVIN TURNER

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