"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.