The BBC has faced crises before but its current difficulties are entirely of its own making. They arise from the curious structure of the organisation and its apparently incurious management. Once again, the system of governance and the confusion of the chief executive function with that of editor-in-chief have resulted in the humiliation of the corporation and the resignation of its director general. There are clearly lessons to be learnt from the experience and critics and competitors will take advantage, but no doubt the corporation will recover, restructure and regain morale and credibility as it has done before.