Free to air - The BBC's knotty issue.

John Humphrys once joked that the only reason Peter Salmon, then running BBC1, never wore a tie was because he might be tempted to hang himself. At the time, the channel's ratings were dismal, the coffers were empty and hit shows more elusive than a second UN resolution on Iraq.

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