Lots of others are saying the things that need to be said about the proposed BBC cuts and I'm a bit too busy to do one of my normal rants. Jon Worth has said things I'd agree with, but then so have dozens of others.
Here are my two observations - ones that I've not seen elsewhere:
1. The BBC needs a Wartime Consigliere at the moment. It shows how it has allowed itself to be strategically outmaneuvered that it has a drip like Sir Michael Lyons instead. Michael Grade would be parking his tanks on a few lawns at the moment, but Lyons is a disgrace and he needs to be moved on quickly. Don't suppose this will happen tho...
2. Mark Thompson and everyone who work in is outer office will probably be earning more in five years time working for one of the BBC's commercial rivals. There is no longer a caste of people who identify the BBC's survival with their own. Quite the reverse. If the BBC were led by less ambitious / careerist people, paradoxically, it would probably be better led than it is.
The BBC has caught this bug about highly paid management from the extortionate car-crash that is modern management. History may teach us that it probably shouldn't apply to the BBC even if it works elsewhere.