This week I took my children on a BBC Tour at Broadcasting House in London. Despite the absence of CBBC - now based in Manchester - they absolutely loved it. Photos with a "real" tardis and darlek. Reading the weather on a newsroom green screen. Sitting on the One Show sofa.
And interwoven with the up to date stuff, there were wonderful bits of history about the BBC. From the Art Deco building to the stories of the war. From the lists of famous people who have been through the doors to the invention of television in the basement.
So using the tenuous connection of "Auntie", I am using this genealogy blog today to make a simple plea for people to defend the BBC in its coming battle with the government.
You would think that politicians who are conservative would value all of the history and Britishness that we saw and felt on our tour. Apparently not. The current government is hellbent on bringing down the BBC in its current form. If we allow it to succeed, we are allowing it to bring down nearly a century of our history.
The BBC has figured in all of our lives and the lives of many generations before us. It has encompassed all the arts, sports and entertainment we could want and it has been a source of comfort, pride, joy and many other emotions.
I don't want to rant on about the economics or politics of the BBC's funding. And I don't doubt there have been huge mess-up's over the years. But where have there not been scandals in recent years? Child abuse, going to war without a vote, MPs' expenses, bribes and corruption in the City, the banking collapse, the list goes on.
I just felt the need to say "Stand up for Auntie". We must not let the saying "you don't know what you've got until it's gone" apply to the BBC. We do know and we should be proud. See below!