There was an important debate in the Lords on 10th March on the future of the BBC. So many people signed up to speak that they were allocated only one minute each, and there were several references by speakers to that well known radio 4 programme in which speakers have to avoid hesitation, repetition or deviation. In fact, peers did pretty well, and some of them ought to be on that programme.
I didn’t sign up to speak, as I could see there were too many of us. Had I had my minute, I would have made two points:
1. Time to abandon governance of the BBC by Royal Charter, which is simply a method of enshrining direct ministerial control over the BBC, can be altered at will, and avoids parliamentary scrutiny. The BBC should be governed by an Act of Parliament.
2. Complaints about the impartiality and accuracy of broadcasts should end up with an independent external expert adjudicator, not with OFCOM, which is just another government-appointed quango full of people who have spent part of their careers at the BBC.