"I absolutely believe free-to-air television can maintain its mass audiences. There are still a lot of things that haven't changed. TV is interesting in that it's had an image of being new and flash for a long time, but it has also been very conservative.
"People my age have grown up with traditional television, but kids these days are into mobile services, watching television, texting and using the internet at the same time.
"They are now their own programmers, and the challenge is there to try to get that iPod generation to bring their ideas to us, so we can be their portal of choice. The trick is to be relevant to them again. That is not to say you're going to jettison the generation before them, but there's a mix there somewhere."
Maybe he could phone a friend.
All this is yet to come in our brave new post-Kerry TV world...