Media: Chatter

"My biggest nightmare was the idea of being a sad old bastard in my garage. I wanted to be part of a structure. In the end, RDF clicked really well." - Nigel Pickard, the former ITV director of programmes, on his new job at the production company RDF

"Channel 4 does not seem to mind if it breaks the rules and Ofcom cannot be bothered to show its teeth." - John Beyer, the director of the viewers' watchdog Mediawatch UK, after correspondence between Ofcom and Channel 4 revealed that the broadcaster had breached guidelines on the amount of advertising it can run

"The BBC's fag-packet calculations include claimed savings of nearly £4 billion over the funding period. What this should mean is the BBC's licence fee income can go down by £4 billion over the period." - Charles Allen, the chief executive of ITV, attacks the BBC's demand for a £6 billion increase in the licence fee over seven years.