Media: Overheard soundbites

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'The Eldorado governor' - Sue Cameron, of Newsnight, introducing Lord Nicholas Gordon Lennox, BBC governor and a former ambassador to Spain.

'I thought it was a fascinating speech, and I'm not just sucking up to Michael Grade' - Lord Nicholas Gordon Lennox.

'I thought a Bourbon was a biscuit' - Jimmy Mulville, producer/actor.

'As director of programmes, television, I became D P Tel in Beebspeak. A temporary secretary took down a dictated memo to me which came addressed to Mr D Patel' - Michael Grade.

'Well, he's got a deaf ear and I was sitting on the wrong side' - Philippa Giles, BBC drama producer and outspoken critic of the policy of producer choice, on having lunch in the canteen with Marmaduke Hussey, chairman of the BBC's board of governors.

'I'm white, I'm male and I'm not a gay. And I did a series called Saturday Night Out' - Paul Watson, head of weekly features at the BBC.

'You're taking out the equivalent of the total production budget for BBC 2 and Channel 4 every year' - Adam Singer, from United Artists Entertainment, on the way in which the ITV franchise auction is draining cash from programme-making.

'The old idea of exclusivity, that my programme can only be shown on my channel, is the path to economic disaster. Every programme has to be put to multiple uses, so 99 per cent of the population eventually sees it' - Herb Granath, of the US company Capital Cities/ABC.

'At last ITV has produced someone of real intellectual grip' - slogan on T-shirt sported by Paul Jackson, programme director of Carlton Communications, the man known in the industry for his quip that the new ITV is not there to get wrongly convicted people out of prison.