If the level-headed among us aren't prepared to accept the critical failures within the BBC, it will fail to exist within a matter of years. The bias issues aren't as extreme as some critics claim, but they DO exist. Completely brushing aside any criticism is just as bad as the 'mob' baying for BBC blood.
Some easy fixes are required:
1) Stop allowing the UK Government to influence the appointment of the BBC Trust members. It's insane that the current Board is dominated by former Tory politicians.
2) Ensure greater scrutiny of senior editorial appointments. There are a number of people in newsroom management posts with seriously questionable political leanings. I actually don't believe most of the day-to-day journalists are prepared to allow personal bias to invade their professional judgement. Newsroom managers are different. They tend to come from newspaper backgrounds at the Beeb, and almost all have various political skeletons in their closets. They should never have been allowed anywhere near the BBC.
3) Stop batting away criticism. The BBC press office has got a little too pointed in its responses recently. Accept criticism, and move on.
4) Create greater devolution of license fee spend and decision making. If BBC Wales wants to create a standalone channel, like BBC Scotland, let it. It needs to find the money and spend the money how it sees fit.
5) Stop embedding a 'bias against understanding'. This sits alongside the newsroom manager newspaper background argument. The BBC is now obsessed with reporting splits, arguments and gossip. It has become a tabloid, and a shi* one at that. Get back to fact reporting and explaining.
Once they've dealt with that, you Gary McEwan, can defend them. Until then, you're on a hiding to nothing!
You've just proved my point...