"Why do we pay £10 a month 4 tv licence? Only thing worth watchin' on beeb is top gear and that's repeated on sky, rest is all tosh including enders. WOT R WE DOIN?" - A Daily Star reader submits an appraisal of the licence fee to the paper's "Text Maniacs" page, just as Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, prepares to publish her White Paper on the BBC's future
"The fear begins when erotic fiction is made populist for women in a magazine packed with the rude bits out of Cosmopolitan and ruder bits that Cosmo would never go near." - Gavin Griffiths, the publisher of the "erotic women's magazine" Scarlet, on negotiations with Tesco about stocking the title.