Media: Chatter

"Almost anyone, except Kim Jong-il, would be an improvement on the present ownership. You shouldn't worry about a Russian owner." - Ken Livingstone, the former London mayor, comes out in support of Alexander Lebedev's bid to buy the Evening Standard

"Channel 4 and Five share many characteristics. A merger that brings together two such complementary broadcasters would create a much stronger operator." - Gerhard Zeiler, the chief executive of RTL Group, the owner of Five, turns up the heat for a merger with Channel 4

"I set out to make Channel 4 better. A merger would denude our culture and shrink that variety of voices you get to hear or see on air." - Luke Johnson, Channel 4's chairman, sounds less keen.

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