In the wake of the continued criticism being levelled at the BBC following complaints about the premium call charging and fake winners scandal the Head of Bumbling Telecoms (BT) UK sponsorship team has released a brief and curt statement.
"It is with the greatest regret that BT is announcing the cancellation of its 5 year sponsorship deal with the BBC. BT cannot associate with sharp practice, inflated call charging, inflated connection charges, long waiting time to register votes, rounding up of call times to inflate income, and number busy ring tones at peak voting times, and allowing people to continue calling even though the programme is a repeat."
A spokesman for the BBC commented "It's OK for BT to just walk away leaving us holding the hand grenade...We have been trying to contact BT, but unfortunately we seem to get referred off to a call centre in Mumbai. I wouldn't mind but when we got our itemised phone bills the cheeky blighters had charged me a premium rate of 75p to connect and thereafter 60 pence a minute."
BT issued an upbeat profits forecast citing "strong revenue streams from our multi media reality phone lines"