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The Money Programme Wednesday, 25 October, 2000, 10:09 GMT 11:09 UK
Sunday April 16/2000
18.10, BBC2

Sunday April 16/2000
18.10, BBC2

Phone Frenzy
Bidding for the licences to run Britain's new generation of mobile phone networks has reached frenzied proportions. The Government is prepared to sell five licences to run the new services, which will provide internet access, pictures as well as sound for mobile phones. And big companies, like Vodafone, BT Cellnet, Orange and Worldcom, seem prepared to pay almost any price to win a contract. The bids looks set to reach almost 20bn - ten times the original estimate. But how will the successful licensees recoup such a massive outlay? And will users of the new mobile phones face towering tariffs? Ros Bew investigates.

Easy Does It?
Stelios Haji-Ioannou is a one-man brand. His launch of EasyJet, the low-cost airline, caused uproar in the air travel business. He then added internet cafes, a banking venture and retailing businesses to his empire. Now he plans to shake up the car hire industry with EasyRentaCar.
Like Branson and his Virgin brand, Stelios's face and personality are inseparable from his Easy businesses. But are there dangers in building a business empire so closely associated with an individual - no matter how dynamic?
Lesley Curwen shares a day in the hectic life of Mr Easy Everything, and asks whether his businesses can ever match the impressive size of his personality.

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