Opinion

Editorial, 3 November: George Entwistle and orchestrating survival

- 3 November 2012

Flicking through some old papers the other night I came across an interview I did with Jimmy Savile in 1985 during a spell of work within the shameful portals of BBC Television Centre. If nothing else, it gives me a topical way into pondering whether George Entwistle will be the shortest-serving director general in BBC history. If he goes, there will probably not be too many tears around the music business, since for right or wrong he is held largely responsible for the lamentable mess made of the jubilee river pageant, throwing overboard an extraordinary wealth of specially commissioned music in favour of some of the most crassly shallow broadcasting ever associated with a royal event. But hold the schadenfreude.

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