Former Shaw Communications head says Wind sale stalled

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Former media executive Edward Rogers, who recently stepped down as the head of Shaw Communications, has told the CRTC that he needs the company’s acquisition of Wind Mobile back on track.

Mr Rogers said he would not sign off on a broadcast license for an alternative Canadian content player because he believes the new entrants can’t compete with digital streaming giants like Netflix.

He told the Canadian commission that Wind’s so-called “winners-win” formula for Sky and Quebecor had not worked.

Wind has proposed a “least common denominator” formula, in which the newest entrants in the Canadian market would be split equally among the incumbent players if their entrance causes a reduction in revenue.

The Prime Minister’s sister and actress Mélanie Trudeau is also a member of the Wind board.

Without the Wind deal, Shaw will lose a powerful telecom operator to consumers

Former Vice president of media Ed Rogers wants to sell out of Shaw

Mr Rogers also told the commission that he would not give any of the major Canadian players as much as five years, or 10 years for telecommunications, when it comes to investment and expansion in key markets like English and French Canadian programming.

Mr Rogers’ comments came a day after Shaw announced it will sell its Quebec City TV station to an American group to stop losses in that market.

Separately, Shaw announced it is continuing the sale of Wind’s key assets in Alberta.

With a regulator deciding whether to approve the sale to Shaw, it is believed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sister supports the deal to allow the company to keep servicing those markets.

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