Sunday 18 February 2018

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

No other broadcaster would subject itself to such devastating scrutiny.

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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