Media: Chatter

"We have reached the point at which there is a naked woman covered only by a bag on the front of a church." - Francesco da Mosto, the Italian architect and TV presenter, rages against the growth of the outdoor advertising industry in Venice

"Does that mean that, forever and a day, you would rule out any form of sharing the licence fee? I don't think it would be sensible." - Lord Carter, the new minister for technology, communications and broadcasting, says that the BBC licence fee might be split at some time in the future

"We can now continue to invest without the fear that a publicly funded giant would be duplicating already existing services." - Sly Bailey, the chief executive of Trinity Mirror, on the decision by the BBC Trust to reject BBC management plans for a network of 60 local news websites.