Yesterday's announcement, that the TV licence fee is to be frozen for the next six years, might well give the coalition government and their advisers a few more late nights and early mornings.
The BBC is feeling bruised and battered. A budget cut of 16 per cent in real terms will bite; it's natural some will fear for their jobs. What must not happen is that this anger and bitterness is reflected in the corporation's political coverage. I spotted, on the BBC 10 o'clock News last night, a report by James Landale featuring clips of three Labour Peers attacking the defence review, with no supporting soundbites for the coalition to balance the package. This from from one of the BBC's good guys.
The BBC is a unique organisation that builds an enormous amount of loyalty in those who work there. Even years after they have left the corporation, many former BBC journalists won't hear a bad word said about the Beeb.
The BBC management and key editors need to be careful the staff tribalism doesn't get in the way of their public service.