What kind of regime is so afraid that it imprisons a 22-year-old woman for ten years for writing a poem? We’re broadcasting Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 show live from Burma, something that until recently would have been unthinkable. The poet’s name is Zin Mar Aung.
I first met George Entwistle when I became head of BBC television news in 2000 and he was a bright up-and-coming output editor. I liked him immediately.
If there is one consolation that the BBC can draw from the events of recent weeks, it is that so many expected better from it. As successive institutions – parliament, the banks, the press, the police – have lost the trust of the public, the corporation has retained it.