The BBC has received a lot of criticism over the years, not least from my pen, for being metropolitan centred in many of its preoccupations, and sometimes out of step with much of the country.
Let’s face it: Auntie often looks at the world through a slightly Left-wing lens. Witness Emily Maitlis, now departed from the BBC, whose opinionated monologues were an extreme example of the Corporation’s political bias.
So when I heard of the Queen’s death I inwardly trembled at the prospect of coverage on the Beeb reflecting the republican prejudices I imagine many of its journalists privately hold. I need not have harboured such fears.
Of course, we all knew that the BBC has long shown amazing technical prowess in conveying the pageantry of royal occasions, and yesterday’s coverage of the Queen’s funeral, the stirring processions, and the committal in Windsor has been no exception. The camera work was superlative.
So, too, was the commentary from Huw Edwards, who has proved himself…