Men and women have risked their freedom and their lives, and perhaps still do, to listen to the BBC. Would they do that if it were not for its reputation for truth and integrity?
Those who place themselves as guardians of the efficiency as well as of the reputation of the BBC, both at home and abroad, should do all in their power to guard and maintain that reputation. I am quite happy to be called a failure, nonentity, or psychopathically envious time-server, but the Director-General of the BBC should, like Caesar's wife, be above suspicion. The BBC is not perfect but it is unique and deserves better.
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