"It's bloody Tessa Jowell's fault. They didn't want an outside solution, Ofcom regulating the BBC, so they built it in with the BBC Trust. And Michael Grade did not stand up and say this wouldn't work." - Greg Dyke, the former BBC director-general, is scathing of the BBC Trust
"There is no question of product placement on The Apprentice. The use of brands is entirely editorially justified to highlight the desirability of the life the successful candidate will enjoy." - A BBC statement defends the programme, after consumer groups made allegations that it was a "plug-fest"