If there were an award for Media Bureaucrat of the Year, Kevin Marsh, editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme, would be the undisputed winner.
August is meant to be a "silly" season, with little for the press to hope for other than that the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, making his annual appearance to run the country, might inadvertently double-park one of his Jaguars outside a betting shop.
The BBC should have little to fear from Lord Hutton's inquiry into the wretched death of Dr David Kelly. As the hearings proceed throughout the month of August, the corporation's journalism is likely to be vindicated.
David Kelly's death is an event waiting for a conspiracy theory, just like the assassination of President Kennedy and the Paris car crash that killed the Princess of Wales.
It was the question that, according to legend, the little girl asked of Neville Chamberlain's unprepossessing Chancellor, Sir John Simon: "What is that man for, Daddy?" Now, as our political editor reports (page 21), the question is asked of the more likeable Tony Blair.