The Mirrorball Man wrote:
I take it you didn't follow my link. I didn't quote the next line, which explained that they don't know what will happen because it hasn't been written yet.
That's what I call "not being hands-on". The BBC could have a completely different attitude about it, this being a very expensive and popular show, and ask the showrunner to give them a detailed preview of what to expect in the next couple of months. They choose not to, but they could.
Consider though, what they admit to knowing, or not knowing, in public might not have any reflection to what's going on inside the BBC.
The BBC could be negotiating with Smith right now to continue. Or they already know he's not coming back and they are discussing plans.
A press release isn't some sort of gospel truth.