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March 31, 1987

AMSTRAD SUES THE BEEB FOR LIBEL AS SEARS LOOKS AGAIN AT THE PC1512

By CBR Staff Writer

Amstrad Plc is bringing a libel suit against the British Broadcasting Corporation over that item in the staff magazine, Ariel, suggesting that the PC1512 had been banned by British Aerospace and at least one university on safety grounds, and alleging that the machine could be dangerous (CI No 651). Amstrad is circulating letters from Aerospace and Southampton University in which the writers accept that the PC1512 meets recognised safety standards, and points out that the machine is approved to British Electrical Safety Standard 415 Class II. On a happier note from Amstrad’s point of view, it appears that exaggerated allegations that US retail giant Sears was about to drop all Tandon computer products from its stores stem from the fact that Sears is reportedly evaluating the Amstrad PC1512 to replace low-end Tandons only.

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