The BBC is not a state broadcaster. It is not for ministers to issue a job description for the BBC's Director-General nor does the BBC need "a governmental mission statement".
The governors are clear about the requirements of the job and the BBC has recently set out its vision of the future in The BBC Beyond 2000.
You call for a selection board made up of people with experience of the industry as well as public life. That is a good description of today's BBC governors, who have set in train a rigorous, clear and objective process designed to identify the best person to be the next Director-General.
The Secretary, BBC
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