BP CEO to be relieved of day-to-day duties with Gulf oil spill

(AP) - The chairman of BP says embattled chief executiveTony Hayward is being relieved of day-to-day responsibility formanaging the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. According to the transcript of an interview with Sky Newstelevision released Friday, chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg says thatHayward "is now handing over the operations, the daily operationsto (BP Managing Director) Bob Dudley." It comes a day after Hayward's grilling by a House committee.Hayward's refusal to answer lawmakers' questions, claiming that hewas out of the loop, left many committee members furious. BP had announced June 4 that Dudley would lead the long-termresponse to the oil spill once the leak had been stopped. A BP spokesman in Houston, Tristan Vanhegan, says the "boardstill has confidence in Tony."

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