"The BBC does not compete. Like the NHS, it may not be perfect, but it is paid for by the public in order to provide a service to the public. It is not in competition. Thankfully there are somethings in public life that are not all about market forces and the lowest common denominator — our oldest and most important broadcaster is one of them. It competes with commercial broadcasting in the same way a mountain competes with a road: the mountain was there first, and if the road doesn’t want to route around it, it can piss off."