As usual, he reserved ire for the BBC’s lack of transparency, which has led to excess in executive pay. But Hunt is an adept performer and realises that there are benefits in alliance. He reiterated that he wants the BBC to be a leader in broadband provision and development and praised the BBC’s export of world class broadcasting. It was, in short, just like every other speech he’s delivered on the subject. It's reasonable, not bellicose. Hunt does not have the power to tear up the BBC's Charter until it comes up for renewal in 2016, so he is limited to cosmetic reforms within the BBC's existing structure. So far the BBC resists with ease. The ground will shift in Hunt's favour when the licensee fee is renegotiated in 2012.