Pedantry doesn't make you look any cleverer. "Trustee/board member" better? The last Chair of the Trustees- Rona Fairhead- was an actual Tory minister until this summer for crying out loud. Not to mention Chris Patten- Tory Chairman- and Roger Carr, the chairman of those cuddly socially responsible companies Centrica and BAe Systems. Or Michael Grade, another Tory peer. Of course, some regulation was transferred to OFCOM. Their chair is Lord Burns, who is- you guessed it- a Tory peer. I'm sure it's all coincidence You mean the Royal Charter which they have to grovel for every few years? The one where they were forced to take responsibility for free TV licenses and S4C against their wishes, and forced to publish details of presenters' pay against their wishes? You mean the Royal Charter which will be subject to a full Government review in 2022, and the next one for which negotiations will start during the lifetime of the next Parliament? The BBC is entirely reliant on Government largesse. The "unique way it is funded" (pay them or go to prison) can be withdrawn at any time. And? The BBC is not Fox News. The "unique way it is funded" (pay us or go to prison) means they don't have to hysterically chase viewers. So other than to protect Laura's overinflated opinion of herself, why does the BBC need to be first, rather than right? "Do you have any evidence your aide was punched, Matt?" is hardly an unreasonable question to expect a senior journalist for a respected news organisation to ask.