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Ruth Dudley Edwards:The BBC has its faults, but there is still much worth celebrating

Published 18/11/2012 | 05:00

No other broadcaster would subject itself to such devastating scrutiny.

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These last few months have been the worst of times and the best of times for the BBC.

First the worst. There was the horrendous embarrassment of the dreadful, ill-informed coverage of June's Diamond Jubilee Royal Regatta, in which jolly young BBC presenters who didn't know a destroyer from a canoe wittered banalities at enraged viewers who were aching to hear about history, significance and symbolism. So when the following month the chairman of the BBC Trustees, that amiable arch-Establishment figure, 68-year-old Lord Patten, announced that in September George Entwistle – who as director of vision had overseen that fiasco – would take over as director general, eyebrows were raised.

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