"We strive to offer programming that delivers value for money and something for everyone. Britain and its place in the world would be worse if the BBC was rolled back by 50 years." - The BBC director-general, Mark Thompson, following a report that suggested the BBC's remit should be cut back to BBC1 and Radio 4
"I don't believe content creators should be listed. I don't know more than three investors in the world, and not big investors like the banks, who understand this business." - John de Mol, the Endemol founder, on the dangers of becoming a listed company.