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'

By Tim Richardson

Posted in Bootnotes, 23rd April 2001 12:24 GMT

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. ®

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