It has come as a further shock to many of us that Licence fees levied on the poor and rich alike are spent on such huge salaries as that paid to Jonathan Ross, who then thinks it is entertaining to behave in the way he did recently.
The BBC still has enough power of the airwaves to make people famous by giving them prominence on their programmes. It is diffiicult to see why they need to pay such huge salaries to a select few, when they could make more talent quickly. It is even more difficult to know why we have to put up with the kind of behaviour we have just witnessed, when we have no choice but to pay for the service if we wish to own a TV at all.
It would be good to hear from the BBC. We need to know what they think is distinctive and worthwhile about public service broadcasting. It would also be interesting to hear how the antics of Mr Ross at such high cost fits into this view of the world.