Former Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has stressed the crisis at the BBC should not be used as an excuse to "undermine" the case for a public broadcaster.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Ms Jowell said the public should be left to run the corporation, though short-term issues such as "the culture of moralistic smugness" must be "urgently addressed".
"This crisis must not be allowed to herald the slow death of the uniqueness of the BBC", Ms Jowell wrote.
"Lord Reith said that the role of the BBC was to 'inform, educate and entertain'. Only radical public ownership will continue to ensure that these values are firmly embedded at the heart of the corporation and restore the trust it needs to overcome this crisis in the longer term", she concluded.
I'd like to pay tribute to Tessa's excellent work on the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Not only did she play a vital role in the winning bid team but she laid the foundations for a successful Games, which was recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours. I was pleased that, with the cross-party approach to the Games, Tessa continued to be involved throughout, with a position on the Olympic Board and as deputy mayor of the Athletes' Village during the Olympic Games. She took on both roles with her usual enthusiasm and expertise.