Media: Chatter

"As others take fewer risks, then by taking more, we stand out from the crowd. I think Channel 4 still does take most of the risks." - Channel 4's director of television, Kevin Lygo, unveils a "creative overhaul" of the channel

"Oh dear. What a terrible trade we work in. Blue Peter is bent. Five is a faker. Big Brother gets castigated for being an exploitative freak show." - The Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman despairs at the state of UK television

"If we're saying the only shows we can commission have to be unlike anything you've seen before, then I think we've a problem. Television endlessly reinvents itself." - Simon Shaps, the director of television at ITV, defends the broadcaster against accusations of "copycat" programming.