Having a national broadcaster that integrates the country is increasingly difficult if that country is far more divided along lines of faith, race, politics, values, and half a dozen other qualities than it was a century ago.
His critics display the close-mindedness that they falsely suspect in him. Indeed, you won’t find a less partisan man.
Why should we believe that any new Chairman can deliver change, when the new Director-General has seen his pledges fail in his first month in the job?
We should be able to choose whether we support the BBC with our wallets – the economic case for licence fees has evaporated.
The outgoing Director General will struggle to sell the Corporation as the ‘voice of the nation’ if it develops an allergy to patriotism.
It’s single mothers like mine that are hardest hit by non-payment of the licence fee. If you ask me, that’s too high a price to pCome Dancing on free-to-view telly.