We were wrong when we thought we would kill off the newspapers. They adapted to meet our threat. If they could not beat us on speed of news delivery they could – and did – slaughter us on the features pages and in the opinion columns. They chose a battleground on which the state broadcaster, shackled by guidelines that demanded impartiality and balance over polemic and opinion, could not compete. I remember when we decided to include the equivalent of a leader column in the Nine O’Clock News. It lasted, I think, a month.