AlphaBeatic Interview with VMedia

Peter Nowak's AlphaBeatic blog (one of my favourites) has a great interview with George Burger of VMedia - one of the new TV providers that is trying its best to give customers what they really want.

The interview is online at VMedia: the template for the CRTC’s new TV universe and includes quotes like the following that illustrate why the CRTC sometimes has to step in and protect us from the large vertically integrated companies that control cable & satellite, TV stations, Internet access, wireless service, radio stations, newspapers, and magazines in this country:

In Canada, close to 90 per cent of the channels are concentrated in the hands of four companies. 
They happen to have a gigantic interest in controlling those channels to drive their larger business. They don’t wake up in the morning thinking, ‘I don’t have VMedia as a customer yet, I want to get VMedia as a customer.’ They wake up in the morning and think, ‘I wish VMedia wasn’t around, because then their customers would be my customers.’
If you still aren't convinced that vertical integration is a problem in Canada, read this article from the Globe and Mail: Bell head meddled in news coverage.
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