Media: Chatter

"We are now at a point where we have to get that right, or we might end up preserving the past." - The new minister for communications, technology and broadcasting, Stephen Carter, believes securing the future for digital is vital

"This was the industry that had a licence to print money under Lord Thomson (former chair of the Independent Broadcasting Authority) and now it's a licence to write IOUs." - John Simpson, the BBC world affairs editor, on the state of commercial broadcasting

"There's a principle here, that people in rural Britain are somehow allowed to be second-class citizens." - The Liberal Democrat MP Michael Moore reacts to figures showing rural households will get less than half the number of TV channels broadcast to the rest of Britain after the switch to digital services.

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