We’ll come to that in a minute.
The BBC has battened down hatches on the subject for the past six weeks while memos flew up and down about the optics of appointing another white male to the job.
They are about to announce Sam Jackson, former head of Classic FM and latterly Executive Vice-President of Global Classics & Jazz for Universal Music Group.
It’s a good choice.
Sam started out at Radio 3 and refused to apply the last time the job was going.
Now he will have a few weeks to clear eight years of detritus before setting about renwing a sense of purpose and internal morale.
UPDATE: The appointment was confirmed six minutes after slippedisc.com went public.