The MPs had been treated to a run-through of the project in the morning, which didn't entirely stop
The MPs also failed to get the DG to explain how, or when, the BBC would implement a mandatory sign-up, which to most observers is essential to closing the iPlayer licence fee loophole. Lord Hall, flashing a nifty digital smart watch, did reveal that Auntie was wrestling with what should remain "free" online. The internal reality is that the moment iP delivery of BBC content requires proof that someone in your house has paid for a licence is the moment the BBC loses audience big time.
As well as their myBBC presentation, the MPs got a tour of the BBC's operations at Salford Quays, and hats off to those at 5Live who got Caroline Flint to extract a commitment to the network from Lord Hall. He also, however, pushed BBC Newstream again, which he said would give a "deeper, more meaningful experience". Let's hope that kills off the funny animal videos shot in portrait.
Stand by for a further post on governance. (Always a master at audience engagement, eh?).