There were some ominous sounds coming out of the election campaign about what the Conservatives might have planned for the UK's public broadcaster.
Both the outrage and relief prompted by the BBC White Paper miss the time bomb that will ultimately determine the Corporation’s future.
Forthcoming details from Janet Smith report have drawn predictable outrage but there's also a hidden agenda at play.
From both left and right come accusations that the BBC is biased. The truth is that the Beeb has links to all sides of politics – as you would expect.
If you want to see how the market failure model works, look across the Atlantic at PBS and NPR and be afraid.
Calls for the BBC to be regulated by an external body are part of a plan to shackle the public broadcaster.
Repeated surveys show that people value public broadcasters highly. But the political class isn't listening.
On the face of it, John Whittingdale's appointment as media and culture secretary spells trouble for the BBC.