If we're doing conspiracy theories, the BBC breaking the story before the show is bound to be good for the ratings. They do that a lot: report some new show as 'news'.
Scroat, I'd agree that the BBC news does a reasonable job, it's almost as good as Channel 4 in that regard. But 'best broadcaster'? Not for years. The general output is repetitive, bland, amateurish-looking, safe, ponderous and boring. Since when did making cakes and knitting become 'competitions' or 'primetime tv' or 'interesting'?
People who say BBC is the best broadcaster obviously don't have Sky. Tonight on Atlantic HD: Game of Thrones. On the BBC? 'state broadcaster endangers students to spy for the government. And then a thing about cakes.'
We could argue for hours about whether the left-wing, state enforced BBC is biased, bit it's just a fact that it's output is really poor compared with competitors.
And the licence fee is looking increasingly draconian and out of date.