I take a lot of what I hear on the BN shows with a grain of salt. There's no doubt that Jamil was an excellent homebrewer, and I owe him and the BN in general a lot of thanks for helping me brew good beer starting very early on as a homebrewer. But I have a pretty sensitive BS meter, and Jamil sets it off all the time (especially on Brew Strong).
I can get past the commercials and sophomoric humor (that's what the fast forward button is for), but it bugs me how Jamil is obviously making s*** up on the fly in response to questions and everyone on the BN just treats it as gospel - as if Jamil is Homebrew Jesus. He has obviously paid his dues, and his educated guess is way more likely to be close to the mark than most other homebrewers, but in the end it is still just an opinion. He also seems a lot less prepared for shows now that he has become a full-time commercial brewer. Although Jamil was a big part in getting the BN to where it is today, I think they need to bring in some new blood that is currently an active homebrewer or else they may start to stagnate.
I'll definitely take Basic Brewing over the BN any day since James approaches everything with an open mindset, and encourages experimentation that flies in the face of pre-conceived notions in homebrewing. We're still learning a lot as a whole in this hobby, and it's this kind of scientific approach which will keep the hobby moving forward and benefit us all as brewers.