Taking on Sky at its own game: BT chief executive Gavin Patterson

LONG READ: How the former BT boss rose to the top and wrongfooted his great rival.

by Andrew Davidson

BT's boss came under significant fire in the year before he was ousted in 2018. Shares fell, the company had to announce a restructuring plan over disappointing results and Patterson himself lost most of his bonus over an accounting scandal at BT's Italian business.

Rewind four years though, and the story was very different. As this interview from September 2014 shows, back then Patterson was a bright young thing with a bold strategy to challenge Sky on football and take BT back into mobile. 


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