Buerk takes swipe at George Entwistle in BBC attack
Referring to the way June's Thames river pageant was covered by the BBC, Michael Buerk said:
Nobody knew anything and nobody cared. The main presenter couldn't even work out what to call the Queen. The Dunkirk Little Ships, the most evocative reminders of this country's bravest hour, were ignored so that a pneumatic bird-brain from Strictly Come Dancing could talk to transvestites in Battersea Park. I was so ashamed of the BBC, I would have wept if I hadn't been so angry.
Much of the blame for the Jubilee coverage was directed at George Entwistle, the then head of BBC Vision who went on to become director-general.
Referring to Mr Entwistle's short-lived tenure at the top, after resigning in the light of the Jimmy Savile scandal, the former 999 presenter went on:
The worst thing was that it was deliberate - planned that way to be 'light' and 'inclusive'. The BBC actually congratulated itself, and the executive ultimately responsible (George Entwistle) was promptly promoted to become the most disastrous director-general in the corporation's history.
Camilla returns to public duty after brief illness
The Duchess of Cornwall and Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh celebrated the achievements of Madeline Mason named a Champion for her community work as a Guide Dogs volunteer.
It was a return to public duty after a brief illness for Camilla who cuddled puppies invited to Clarence House as she learnt about Mr's Mason's work.
The royal reception had been planned for the start of the month but the Duchess had to cancel the event because of a severe ear infection and sinusitis. "I'm sorry if I'm a bit deaf, I've got bad sinusitis problems," Camilla told guests.
The Duchess and singer posed with Mrs Mason, 65, from Luton and one puppy called Badger a 15-week-old Labrador retriever. Walsh is an ambassador for the Diamond Champions award scheme that recognises voluntary contributions of the over-60s.