All credit to Tony Hall for stabilising the BBC after the departure of George Entwistle. And when he speaks/writes he does so very clearly, without the management speak of the Birt era.
However, shutting down BBC3 as a linear broadcast channel and agreeing to take on the cost of free TV licences for the over 75s were both huge mistakes, for which the corporation is now paying dearly.
Assuming the Government does not get overwhelmed by other "events", a massive showdown is coming. The new Director General is going to need nerves of steel and the BBC is going to need a formidable lobbying operation.
The irony of this of course is the BBC is well placed to meet the Government's strategy of "Global Britain" and "levelling up the regions".
I think people are getting carried away with that and running with it. I expect it was barely any more than a sound bite during the election campaign, I doubt it will be near the top of anyone’s list.
Of course the press will regularly ask about the BBC and Boris is whoever will say that they are reviewing it, which will cause a lot of predictions to be made, but I would be shocked if it’ll get much further than that.