Increasingly the hysteria about the Ross/Brand incident seems to be used as a rod to beat up on the BBC generally. However you feel about the way the two Radio 2 DJs behaved and I think Stuart White expressed thoughts on this extremely well on this blog, the general uproar should not be used as a cover to shake a stick at the BBC and start a campaign to reduce its license fee.
Most often we fail to recognise what an excellent thing it is to be able to watch an hour of excellent drama without constant mind-numbing stops for adverts, or to be able to see documentaries or news programmes with proper investigation involved.
Commercial television can rarely justify the budget for any programme that doesn't deliver the cash. That can lead to a lowest common denominator style of programming; an all day breakfast of reality shows and CSI.
Few countries are lucky to have quality television programming of the type that the BBC delivers. Try going abroad and watching TV and you quickly find out.
After a recent trip to the US, I knew I was home when I switched on the radio and managed to listen to three amazing BBC programmes in a row, that made me think about issues I didn't I cared about.
The Daily Mail among others loves to beat up the BBC about wasting taxpayers money, but as taxpayers let's recognise all the good quality programmes we do get from that license fee.