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FC: Bank officials, UK government fear Y2K reports w

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Date:          Sun, 07 Feb 1999 11:04:52 -0500
From:          Declan McCullagh <>
Subject:       FC: Bank officials, UK government fear Y2K reports will spark panic

My articles on Y2K panic:

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 - GTE, the Southland's No. 2 telephone company,
stirred Y2K hysteria when it warned 1.5 million customers to withdraw
"a few weeks worth of extra cash" in case the Y2K bug bites.
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) _ California bank officials are not happy about a
telephone company's newsletter that advised its 1.5 million customers
to withdraw extra cash before the dawn of the new millennium.


From: "Alan Docherty" <> 
To: "Declan McCullagh" <> 
Subject: British Y2K news 
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 1999 09:09:37 -0000

last updated 06/02/99 14:02
Thousands of people called the Government's "millennium bug" hotline
after seeing an item on daytime TV that mentioned "scenes of panic"
and "centuries without water or light" as possible results of the
millennium computer problem. The feature, broadcast during the This
Morning with Richard and Judy show, was dubbed "irresponsible and
dangerous" by Action 2000, the Government's official campaign body and
organiser of the telephone hotline. [...] Gwynneth Flower, director of
Action 2000, said the piece was "the most irresponsible and dangerous"
journalism she had yet seen about the millennium bug. "The only reason
that people might panic is if the likes of Richard and Judy scare them
into it. We were worried about the bug biting early, but it has
clearly bitten them in the head," she said. [...]

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