Re: That's the problem with politicians....
I am with you on that, the BBC is too important to leave to (quoting Robin Day) "here today, gone tomorrow" politicians.
The charter renewal should be the responsibility of a non partisan body and this should lead it to be less open to party political abuse.
Also the license fee is becoming increasingly anachronistic (even if it is a simple and cheap way of collecting revenue). I think it should paid from general taxation BUT there should be legislation to protect it from the grasp of the Treasury.
The idea that it should not attempt mass appeal TV is ludicrous and a pretty transparent ruse to make the BBC a lesser broadcaster therefore easier to take to pieces politically (having said that - The Voice is still shite).