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Roger Mosey is the Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He was formerly editorial director and the director of London 2012 at the BBC.
The new director-general takes over next week at a time of unprecedented political and financial uncertainty for the corporation.
By asking people like Emily Maitlis and Naga Munchetty to provide both the emotive personality demanded by social media and the impartiality demanded by its own guidelines, the corporation puts its people in an impossible situation.
Though the corporation has re-established itself as the unchallenged national broadcaster, government cuts to its funding could still follow.
Public service broadcasting is being given a chance to demonstrate why it exists – and the corporation is rising to the challenge.
The corporation must outline how a more sharply defined public service can still thrive.
Haphazard cuts to valued programmes are no solution to the corporation’s existential crisis.
A hostile government, competition for young audiences and stripping over-75s of their free TV licences are just some of the challenges.
It is impossible to see the Palace’s position as anything other than naïve and foolhardy.
From an editorial standpoint at least, I struggle to see the case for including Jo Swinson.
With a straitened budget and indifferent political leaders, the BBC's flagship news show faces a challenge to remain relevant.