2008. Television’s Annus Crappus. It started with Ian Wright, of all people, accusing the BBC of dumbing down.
The BBC angrily denied the claim, naturally, then ended the year by proudly announcing Will Young would appear on the Question Time panel.
Update: I've just noticed from the same article:
CRINGE OF THE YEAR: Fiona Phillips to Kate & Gerry McCann: “There are light moments though — you’ve acquired this odd celebrity status.”