Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/04/23/bt_and_aol_uk/
BT and AOL UK in (another) slanging match
Tension breaks out ahead of 'Bandwidth Aid'
Spinmeisters from some of Britain's leading telecoms and Internet companies have been getting gobby ahead of "Bandwidth Aid" - a charity pub quiz to be held this week between rival PR offices to raise cash for Comic Relief.
A BT spokesman for BT bragged: "It's in the bag unless the so-called opposition try to bribe their way to victory ...[since] there'd be no way we could raise the cash to outbid them."
AOL UK was unimpressed with the posturing. Their spokesman crowed: "We haven't lost a battle with BT yet."
Meanwhile, Vodafone's spinbunny said: "We've always been number one in the UK and don't intend to lose out now."
Giddy aunt - with all these PR egos in one room it's bound to get ugly. ®