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Tuesday 18 April, 2000

Flextech PLC

Offer Update

Flextech PLC
18 April 2000



Not for release, publication or distribution in or into Canada, Australia  or
Japan
                                      
                  Telewest Communications plc ('Telewest')
                                      
              Recommended merger with Flextech plc ('Flextech')
                 declared unconditional subject to Admission
                                      

Further  to  the  announcements on 5 April 2000 and 11 April  2000,  Telewest
announces that:

1.   It  has  today declared its recommended offer for Flextech (the 'Offer')
     unconditional, subject only to the up to 606,215,130 new Telewest shares
     to be issued in connection with the Offer being admitted to the Official
     List  of  London  Stock  Exchange Limited ('Admission').   Admission  is
     expected  to become effective at 8.00 a.m. tomorrow, 19 April 2000,  and
     the  Offer  will  become unconditional in all respects  (and  withdrawal
     rights will terminate) at that point.

2.   As  at  3.00 p.m. on 18 April 2000, valid acceptances of the  Offer  had
     been  received  in  respect of 142,801,248 Flextech shares  representing
     90.3  per  cent.  of Flextech's issued share capital.  Included  in  the
     level   of  acceptances  are  acceptances  received  pursuant   to   the
     irrevocable  undertaking  to  accept the Offer  from  Liberty  Media  in
     respect  of its full holding of 57,889,033 Flextech shares (representing
     approximately  36.6  per cent. of Flextech's issued share  capital)  and
     acceptances  received  from MediaOne in respect of  10,518,933  Flextech
     shares  (representing approximately 6.7 per cent. of  Flextech's  issued
     share capital).

3.   The  Offer  will  remain  open  for  acceptance  until  further  notice.
     Flextech  shareholders  who  have not  yet  accepted  the  Offer  should
     despatch their Acceptance Forms as soon as possible.

4.   Having  acquired more than 90 per cent. of the Flextech shares to  which
     the   Offer   relates,  Telewest  intends  to  take  steps  to   acquire
     compulsorily  all  those  Flextech shares  in  respect  of  which  valid
     acceptances have not yet been received.

5.   The  changes  to the Board and management of Telewest, set  out  in  the
     Offer  Document  and  the  announcement  on  11  April  2000,  will   be
     implemented tomorrow.  In addition, Robert Bennett, President and  Chief
     Executive Officer of Liberty Media Corporation, will join the Board as a
     non-executive director (representing Liberty Media) with effect from  19
     April 2000.

6.   Telewest  intends  to  take steps to cancel Flextech's  listing  on  the
     Official List of London Stock Exchange Limited on 23 May 2000.

7.   Save  as disclosed herein, neither Telewest nor any person deemed to  be
     acting  in  concert with Telewest has acquired or agreed to acquire  any
     Flextech  shares during the Offer Period (which commenced on 6  December
     1999).  Immediately prior to the commencement of the Offer Period,  save
     for  Liberty  Media and MediaOne (who hold 36.6 per cent.  and  6.7  per
     cent. of Flextech's issued share capital respectively), neither Telewest
     nor  any  person deemed to be acting in concert with Telewest  held  any
     Flextech shares (or rights over such shares).

8.   Terms  used in this announcement have the same meaning as terms  defined
     in the Offer Document, unless the context requires otherwise.

18 April 2000


Press enquiries

Telewest
Charles Burdick                                 01483 750 900

Schroders
James Steel                                     0171 658 6000


Schroders,  which  is  regulated  in the UK by  the  Securities  and  Futures
Authority Limited, is acting for Telewest and no one else in connection  with
the  Offer  and  will not be responsible to anyone other  than  Telewest  for
providing  the protections afforded to customers of Schroders nor for  giving
advice in relation to the Offer.

A  prospectus  relating to the new Telewest shares offered in the  Offer  has
been  filed  by  Telewest as part of a registration  statement  with  the  US
Securities  and  Exchange Commission.  Flextech shareholders are  advised  to
read the prospectus regarding the business combination transaction referenced
above  because it contains important information.  Flextech shareholders  may
obtain a free copy of the prospectus and other documents filed by Telewest by
directing  such  requests to Telewest Communications  plc,  Genesis  Business
Park,  Albert  Drive,  Woking, Surrey, GU21 5RW, United Kingdom.   Attention:
Company Secretary.  Telephone +44 1483 750 900.


         

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