"Ten times more difficult than I thought it would be," Lord Patten said. "I agreed to do it because I think it's a great national institution, it's an important part of our culture, because I have a romantic attachment to the things that the BBC has done as its best." Writing in 'The Guardian', Charlotte Higgins concludes thus:
' ... I couldn't help wondering – especially in retrospect, after his heart problems became a matter of public record – just how far the difficulties of chairing the BBC Trust had worn him down. He had taken on the role through a romantic attachment to the societal virtues of the BBC, not, I felt, through any desire to take up arms in a cultural war zone. He was genial and gung-ho when we met, and occupied his large leather swivel chair with the full-bodied confidence of a tycoon. But all the while we spoke I could not stop summoning up his face as he stood next to the resigning Entwistle. He chews his lip distractedly. He looks haggard, forlorn – and very much alone.'