Sunday Feb 6th 2000
BBC 2 19.30
The takeover of the German company Mannesmann by the British mobile phone operator Vodafone AirTouch changes the face of European business. It's the biggest merger in history, creating the biggest company in Europe, and forming one of the biggest telecommunications firms in the world. On top of all this, the takeover is being widely tipped as heralding a wave of cross-border mergers and acquisitions throughout the European Union. Maya Even interviews the boss of the new corporate giant, Chris Gent.
Flogging the Dome
Big business has poured more sponsorship cash into the Millennium Dome than any other project in history. But what reward have some of the country's leading companies reaped? Have they benefited from their £150m investment? Or have the sponsors been bruised by the poor publicity surrounding the project? New research, revealed exclusively by The Money Programme, provides the answer.
Compaq, the world's biggest personal computer maker, is rebooting its business. In an in-depth interview for The Money Programme, the giant company's new chief executive Michael Capellas reveals his strategy. The days are numbered, he thinks, for the complicated desk-top computers on which his company founded its fortune. Instead, he's backing simple devices for accessing the Internet. But Capellas offers a sombre warning for countries failing to keep up with the information revolution.