Bill Gates luvs Sir David Frost (true)
Let's play softball
Bill Gates duly trooped on to Sir David Frost's BBC1 breakfast TV show yesterday, where he signalled his intention to bid with Richard Branson for the rights to run the UK Lottery. Yesterday saw the chums in good form. Gates was given the chance to make a point about the need for cutting-edge technology, complaining that "lottery terminals in the past have not used PC technology". So there was no way of leveraging what's going on with the Internet. "It's very right to say: isn't there an approach that can cost a lot less money and can be a richer experience for those that want to use it, and that's part of the vision?", Gates said. Sir David is a favourite interviewer for Bill Gates. He also has (or has had) a minor commercial relationship with Microsoft. For example, he chaired the meeting when loss-making Bloomsbury Publishing tried to cheer up its shareholders by announcing the deal with Microsoft to produce the Encarta dictionary. After the meeting, he confided to us that he would be doing a number of ventures with Microsoft. We stress that this is entirely proper: leading heavyweight news presenters Jeremy Paxman and John Humphries also preside over the occasional corporate functions. ® Related stories Gates promises enriching experience for UK lottery Gates trails antitrust deal -- but is he stalling again?