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That test should not be about ratings. What should weigh is the knowledge that a public broadcaster delivers programmes that matter.
The BBC has the obligation to think big. And at the moment, that clarion call sounds an uncertain note to me.
Food is about communal togetherness. Our family does sit at the table. I think it's a great tragedy if a family doesn't have a table, as there is such an atmosphere of good will and warmth when we have eight people sitting around it.
I ought to rejoice in the fact that our principal rival has died, but I don't.
Anyone who thinks that you become a journalist or broadcaster in order to be a wallflower needs to think again.
I deplore the loss of arts on BBC One and Two.
The BBC produces wonderful programmes; it also produces a load of old rubbish.
The long, forensic interview really matters.
The moment seemed right to me for a full and, if possible, authoritative portrait of the life and character of the Prince of Wales.
I was a reluctant convert, and I am by no means a zealot. But the evidence is compelling: to write off wind-power is either ill-informed or dishonest.
Over the last two years, I have been able to comb through The Prince's archives. I have been free to read his journals, diaries and many thousands of the letters.
Programme names have been changed, and we have Andrew Neil saying he won't be using long words.
I'm not certain that the BBC can claim to be making a wide enough range of distinctive programmes to make the case convincingly.
The challenge is the culture. You have to have a vision for the BBC-it can't merely be that it's big and has a place in the market.
While I have corrected agreed factual errors, I have not been inhibited from writing what I felt to be the truth about The Prince of Wales.
It's absolutely fine to think of new ways of doing things, and I'm not just asking for the traditional reporter to look into our living rooms night after night.
Not every programme dealing with issues of global significance has to be fronted by last week's winner of Have I Got News For You-but I suppose you might be wrong.
Food is important to me, but I wouldn't say that I'm a gourmet. I don't like tricksy food.
For a few months when I was about 17, I smoked a small cigar because I thought it looked cool and it would get me the girls. It didn't.
I adore Madonna. She reinvents herself like no one else.
I don't love the media. I'm part of it, but you can't love a porcupine.
I hate flying. My stomach churns at the mere thought of it.
I honestly believe that TV generally is obsessed with the ratings battle to the point of cutting its own throat.
I was born with a silver microphone in my mouth, and that was an advantage. My father wrote books and was also a great broadcaster.
I was obliged to play the piano, like middle-class children are. I didn't start to love it until I was 14.
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