BBC veteran Michael Buerk has launched a stinging attack on the corporation's "cringingly inept" coverage of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Reviewing the year gone by, the former newsreader said it left him "ashamed" of the company that has employed him for decades.
Mr Buerk said: "The one enduring British institution was mocked by another that had shamefully lost its way.
"Out on the water, a tribute to the monarch that resonated back to the Middle Ages, rich in historical continuities, a floating salute to past glory and present fortitude.
"On the screen, a succession of daytime airheads preened themselves, or gossiped with even more vacuous D-list 'celebrities'. With barely an exception, they were cringingly inept."