After the Newsnight debacle, it is excessive caution – not recklessness – that threatens the BBC.
We need a BBC Director General who is popular, like David Dimbleby or Melvyn Bragg.
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.
If we want to preserve quality public-service broadcasting in Britain, we must defend the Beeb.
On 14 November 1922, the first ever BBC radio broadcast went out. At troubled time for the corporation, remind yourself of all the great things it has done in the last 90 years.
In tomorrow's New Statesman, BBC director of television Roger Mosey and Joan Bakewell ride to the corporation's defence.
Before excoriating the BBC, the papers should recall their own recent errors.
But trust in the corporation has nearly halved since 2003.
Harriet Harman on the BBC and its enemies.
"I will be going now, because I've got a lot to do."