In the latest ourBeeb podcast, Richard Eyre talks to us about a glittering career in and out of the BBC, including his time on the BBC Board of Trustees, wrestling with "cultural bias" and "philistinism".
In discussion with the ourBeeb Steering Group, including Liz Forgan, Paul Gilroy, Kamila Shamsie, Patrick Wright, Sunny Hundal and Anthony Barnett, he talks about Lord Reith's - and the BBC's - origins in the military, and the desperate need to focus above and beyond all on making great programmes.
"As an institution, the BBC is a cross between the Church and the Post Office."
You can listen to the podcast here, or download it to listen to on the move:
This podcast was produced by Chris Wood, and recorded at King's College London.