01 November 1997

AN UNUSUAL INTEREST in UK media regulations is being taken by Microsoft, suggesting that Billionaire Bill is eyeing the British multi-channel digital TV scene - already at a more advanced stage than anywhere else on the planet. A delegation of senior Microsoft legal and regulatory affairs executives recently held official discussions with Oftel head Don Cruikshank about the rules governing access to the new broadcasting technology - although beyond this point, no-one is saying ’owt about nowt. [Bill is also rumoured to be shelling-out several million bucks for a pad in Holland Park - so watch your backs, Sky and BDB!]