Politicians and broadcasters have been full of praise for the former BBC political editor, who has died at 85 after a long illness.
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Commenting on the death of former BBC political editor John Cole, who has died aged 85 after a long illness, David Cameron's official spokesman said:
"The Prime Minister is deeply saddened by the news and would send his condolences, of course, to Mr Cole's family and friends.
"He is someone who contributed so much to British political life."
Former BBC political editor John Cole has died aged 85 after a long illness, his son Michael Cole has said.
In a statement, his family said: "While many people will remember John for his journalism and broadcasting, for us he was the most loving, funny and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
"We will miss him terribly."
The BBC is reporting that its former political editor John Cole has died aged 85 after a long illness.
He was in the post from 1981 until the 1992 General Election.
Political correspondent Chris Mason tweeted:
John Cole died yesterday at the age of 85 after a long illness.
He died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Surrey, surrounded by his family.
Former BBC deputy director-general Mark Byford has defended his near-£1 million pay-off, saying that he had not been greedy and the broadcaster had offered him that amount.
Mr Byford, whose salary was £475,000, received a total of £949,000 when he was made redundant by the corporation - leading to widespread criticism of the BBC.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I have done nothing wrong. I appreciate obviously and understand that it was a lot of money. I appreciate the concern and criticism about the executive payoffs."
But he added: "I absolutely don't think it was greed on my part at all."
Mr Byford, who was on the radio show to talk about his new book, a war story, said: "I lost my job. I was made redundant. I was given the terms I was given by the BBC. I left when I was told to leave by the BBC.
"After 32 years of working there, where I was devoted to the corporation, the last thing that I would ever think or feel was that I would want to have greed."
Great British Bake Off host Paul Hollywood has described his affair with an American co-star as "the biggest mistake of my life."
He was widely reported to be having a fling with Marcela Valladolid, co-judge of The American Baking Competition, but had never previously spoken about it.
He told BBC Radio 5 live's Richard Bacon: "It was the biggest mistake of my life - because actually I still love my wife [Alexandra]. We are talking, working together but it's going to take time.
"I was shocked about the whole thing kicking off the way it did... but I deserved it and I've taken it. It was my punishment."
BBC presenter Graham Norton has attacked the giant pay-offs given to his former bosses by the corporation.
The chat-show host, who earns £2.6 million a year through his production company So Television, complained to the Radio Times that the severance payments - which included £470,000 to former BBC director-general George Entwistle after only 54 days in the job - had been an "own goal" for the BBC.
He said: "It did seem extraordinary in a time of cuts where you were asking everyone who works for the BBC who's loyal and doing a good job to tighten their belts and take a reduction in pay, while those people who'd dragged the BBC into disrepute were being handed sacks of cash. It defies belief."
The BBC must tackle its culture of secrecy or face a cut in its licence fee, a senior Conservative has warned.
Tory Party Chairman Grant Shapps said executive pay-offs and the handling of the Jimmy Savile scandal had damaged public trust in the Corporation. The BBC said transparency and its independence are key to its future.
The BBC responded to Grant Shapps' comments about cutting the licence fee to say the broadcaster should be "free from political pressure.”
– BBC spokesman
Mr Shapps is right that transparency is key to the future of the BBC. So is its freedom from political pressure.
The BBC and the BBC Trust actively encourages the public to tell us what it thinks of our services and help us police our own guidelines. On TV and radio they personally hold its executives to account.
The spokesman told The Sunday Telegraph the BBC had dealt with 1,600 freedom of information requests last year, had appeared in front of 16 Parliamentary committees this year, and allowed the National Audit Office “full access” to everything except “editorial decisions”.
With the BBC's royal charter coming up for renewal in 2016, Mr Shapps suggested that there were "lots of different ways" in which licence fee-payers' money could be used to fund public service broadcasting.
And he said that the £145.50 annual fee would be "too much" if the BBC failed to reform.
Mr Shapps is not a full Cabinet member but attends the weekly meetings in 10 Downing Street in his role of minister without portfolio, and is regarded as a rising star in David Cameron's team.
The BBC could face a cut in the licence fee or even have to compete with other broadcasters for a share of the money unless it rebuilds public trust and becomes more transparent, a senior Conservative minister has suggested.
Tory chairman Grant Shapps told the Sunday Telegraph that the BBC must tackle a culture of secrecy and waste in the wake of the Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall scandals and rows over stars' salaries and pay-offs to senior executives.
And he said there was a "question of credibility" for the BBC over whether it applied "fairness" to its reporting of politics.