The BBC's New Year launch for "The Arts" avoided the word Yentob, and was fronted by Director of Arts Jonty Claypole (salary still undisclosed). It featured a painting talent show, a seed planted firmly in a furrow created by Sky Arts' competitions for Portrait and Landscape Artist of The Year.
(As a sidebar on distinctiveness, we note also the launch of 'Gogglebox for News', Common Sense on BBC2, from Gogglebox makers Studio Lambert. Common Sense will move to the States with NBC, as Gogglebox has already done with Bravo, re-branded as 'The People's Couch'.)
The 2018 list of upcoming arts shows on BBC will look very different. It's rumoured that nearly all senior figures in arts documentaries based in London and Bristol have opted for exit deals rather than join BBC Studios.