BBC promises impartial news coverage of Olympics
I'm speaking today at the Sport Tech UK Summit at Lord's, and as part of our prospectus for 2012 I wanted to set out our views on the news reporting we'll be offering before, during and after the Olympic Games. So here's that section of the speech - and, as ever, I'd welcome any comments or questions arising.
I want to highlight the importance of our news services in complementing what we deliver from the other genres, including the Games-time sport.
It's odd when you think back now - but when London was bidding for the Olympics, the vigour of the British media was seen as a disadvantage.
It was thought the IOC wouldn't like the challenge there is in this country, as opposed to the control of China or more compliant host nations.
We in the BBC did our bit to test that thesis by transmitting a Panorama that was unflattering about the IOC during the bidding process and it's to the credit of those making the decision that it appeared to have no influence on the vote in Singapore - and nor should it have done, since a robust media is in our view a prerequisite for a successful Games.
The decision-makers should be held to account, and the voice of the public - whether supportive or critical - should be heard.
But there is, just occasionally, a question about how it is that the BBC can corporately want the London Games to be a success - and yet foster a news operation globally, nationally and locally that will scrutinise every bit of the story.
The answer is pretty simple.
As a public service broadcaster, we support the success of the people of Britain and the Olympic Games is the biggest sporting event in the world, on our doorstep and supported by all the major political parties.
So in the same way that we'd rather it didn't rain throughout Wimbledon - and that we get great competitive finals in which the best men and women win, watched by large audiences, and with Wimbledon enduring as the world's greatest tennis tournament - yes, we would like the Olympic Games to turn out well.
However it's vital to retaining the trust of our audiences that we tell the news story of the London Games fairly and impartially.
Whether it's a story of glorious weather and golden success, or transport chaos, drought and disorganisation, the BBC will be independent in its coverage.
The threat of traffic congestion is a major worry for this summer's Olympics.
We will never let our partnerships dictate our journalism, and the IOC and Locog know that they will get tough questioning about any problems - alongside our live coverage of what we hope will be brilliant athletics, swimming, cycling and the rest.
And this is not automatic in the modern media world. Commercial interests or government pressure, as we can see in some foreign countries, can tame journalism.
It's as important to maintain the independence of what we do as it is to share the events with the greatest number of people.
A world of pay barriers and compliant reporting isn't one that serves the public good, and this summer we aim to show the advantages of universal access alongside the benefits of lively, independent media with BBC journalism at the forefront.