Media: Chatter

"You are a brave man who calls your channel Watch if nobody does." - The public relations advisor Mark Borkowski on UKTV's newly launched channel Watch, which is struggling to keep its ratings up.

"We're heading towards a period where it is probably the case that we'll be able to secure the best talent for less than we've been able to in the past few years." - The BBC director-general, Mark Thompson, signals an end to big money deals the BBC offers its talent in the wake of the furore over the Brand-Ross affair

"Let's knock a few things on the head. The licence fee is here to stay under the Conservatives." - The shadow culture spokesman, Jeremy Hunt, believes the basic principle of the licence fee is a good one.