It’s only fair that I start with a confession. Given the personal support that Brian Tesler gave me at crucial times in my career, I would have found it very hard to write a critical review of his autobiography, even if it had been a pile of junk written by an 87-year-old, long past his best.
For an insight into the day job of the BBC Director-General two years into his role, I pop into Tony Hall's plate-glass eyrie at New Broadcasting House. I arrive in the aftermath of one of the regular encyclicals that DGs dispense.
He's sung the praises of the BBC's place in a "thriving, free and competitive market", an alternative to what a colleague terms the "Joni Mitchell" school of heartstring-tugging about the Beeb's innate brilliance.