BP CEO Relieved of certain duties

BP: Hayward to be relieved of day-to-day duties

BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward, left, BP America Chairman Lamar McKay, center, BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, second from right, and other BP representatives, arrive at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 16, 2010, for a meeting with President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

LONDON (AP) - The chairman of BP says embattled chief executive Tony Hayward is being relieved of day-to-day responsibility for managing the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

According to the transcript of an interview with Sky News television released Friday, chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg says that Hayward "is now handing over the operations, the daily operations to (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 he was out of the loop, left many committee members furious.

BP had announced June 4 that Dudley would lead the long-term response to the oil spill once the leak had been stopped.

A BP spokesman in Houston, Tristan Vanhegan, says the "board still has confidence in Tony."

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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