The announcement that James Naughtie, who presents Today on Radio 4, would be heading north to present Good Morning Scotland in the lead-up to the referendum was greeted with a flurry of wartime metaphors.
Mr Naughtie was being parachuted in, said some. He was being sent up the Clyde on his gunboat, said others.
Mr Naughtie himself was very careful what he said about the appointment and insisted it was an enhancement of his role. He may have been away from Scotland for years, but he wanted to make it clear he thought presenting in Glasgow was just as important as presenting in London.
Now the secondment has started - he was due to start this morning - we can judge for ourselves if it works. The likelihood Mr Naughtie will be back in London after the referendum raises the suspicion that the BBC believe such an important event can only be covered by a London heavyweight.
That is patently not the case and anyway we should give Mr Naughtie his due. He is part of a tradition of Scots who go to London to find fame and it is his right to make a return trip. The key to its success will be treating it not as a foreign assignment but as a homecoming.
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