Media: Chatter

"As I go around the country, no-one has ever tapped me on the shoulder and said: 'How about giving some money to Channel 4?'" - The BBC chairman, Sir Michael Lyons, on the debate over top-slicing the licence fee to help out Channel 4

"At their lowest, British papers can be brutally unfair, inexcusably intrusive, and make terrible mistakes. At their best, they are incomparable." - Les Hinton, now the chief executive of Dow Jones, on the UK newspaper business

"My years in advertising were great fun. I drank like a fish and everybody seemed to be shagging everyone else in the office. It was all highly amusing, but it just didn't seem serious enough for me." - The BBC presenter Fiona Bruce looks back to her ad agency days.