Every time the BBC has been challenged over its own behaviour, it has dragged its feet. Eventually, sometimes, it has offered substantial pay rises to women. It has never conceded the principal of equal pay.
Audiences regularly rise up to defend the BBC from meddling politicians. Channel 4 may soon need the same loud support. Because, you’ll really miss it when it’s gone.
We thought London would never be the same. And for a while people did act differently. But soon enough we were back to silent tube commuting, glaring at anyone standing on the left on an escalator, or blocking the exits.
London Live's misfire wouldn’t matter so much if it were the only casualty. But if it fails, it threatens the whole sector. Who would invest in local TV in Liverpool, Bristol or Newcastle if it couldn’t work in London?
The people who run the BBC today effectively hold it in trust, on behalf of all of those who pay for it. They have a duty to hand it on in at least no worse a state than it was in when they inherited it.