Media: Chatter

"The real ancient Rome was far worse than anything we are showing on screen." - The BBC chairman, Michael Grade, responding to complaints from the public about excessive sex and violence in its critically panned historical drama Rome

"The ironic thing is that the people who screamed the loudest two years ago are the ones now saying his father mustn't take him away to New York." - Rupert Murdoch, commenting on the investor uproar that greeted James' appointment at BSkyB, while doing very little to quash rumours that he will offer his son a top job at News Corporation

"I found a letter I wrote to my parents in November 1981 while toiling for Reuters in Brussels. It contains a self-assessment of some candour: 'Somehow, I don't think I'll make the FT ever.'" - Andrew Gowers, the former Financial Times editor, writing to staff in a farewell e-mail a week after his departure.

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