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Dear Old Auntie

I’ve been very worried about Auntie, of late. She’s one of my favourites for sure. But it seems that the older she gets, the more blundering about she does. It’s easily done; I can walk from one room into the next then wonder why I’m in there, having completely forgotten why I made the journey in the first place. It comes to us all eventually.

But Auntie, once my employer too, is loosing her grip. And she’s washing her bloomers in public – very embarrassing for those who once loved her.

I refer of course to the BBC and her two Newsnight cock-ups in a row. And, it seems to me, the trust – who who is supposed to keep an eye on her – is blundering too. As I understand it, Entwhistle quit,  did the right thing and fell on his sword, fatally wounding his position as Director General. Good man. Why can’t more people be like him?

The trust however has breathed new life into him. Hurried mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in the form of a years pay seems to have brought about his rapid recovery. Entwhistle – who should be in the Guinness Book of Records as the shortest serving DG – is now miraculously fit enough to be helping the BBC with its enquiry into the failings of its Newsnight’s editorial control. At 450,000 smackers, it’s not bad work if you can get it. Not so good a man now.

I’d happily do it for 10% of the price. After all, it can’t be that difficult for him, having already worked for that programme, can it? I’d like to ask Chris, the BBC’s chairman, if this is the patten of things to come for dear old Auntie?