01.03.1999Corporate

Bell Atlantic Confirms Discussions With AirTouch


Bell Atlantic Confirms Discussions With AirTouch


January 3, 1999





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NEW YORK -- Bell Atlantic (NYSE:BEL) today confirmed that discussions are
taking place with AirTouch Communications (NYSE:ATI) relating to a
possible business combination between the two companies. Bell Atlantic
said that there can be no assurance that any transaction will result
from these discussions. No timetable has been established for conclusion
of these discussions. No further comment will be made until both parties
have reached a definitive agreement or until discussions have been
terminated.