Media: Chatter

"The BBC does things like buy American programmes and films. That's not public-service broadcasting, is it?" - Luke Johnson, the Channel 4 chairman, blames the BBC for the spiralling costs involved in making US acquisitions

"ITV has decided to exit Formula One at the end of this season. This was a straightforward commercial decision for ITV, and we're pleased in that F1 will continue to broadcast free-to-air." - An ITV spokesman following the BBC's capture of Formula One broadcast rights

"The upcoming season sees a stellar line-up of thought-provoking factual programming in addition to ITV1's proven mix of big event entertainment and quality drama." - Simon Shaps, the outgoing ITV director of TV, unveils shows including the hotly anticipated Martin Clunes: A Man and His Dogs.