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El Quintron
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Vertical telecom integration as a Propaganda tool

Dwayne Winseck's recent post about how Kevin Crull has instructed Bell's media properties to cover incumbent points favourably in their news reports:

»dwmw.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/ca···rectors/

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Since reports in mid-June that Verizon might be poised to enter the Canadian wireless and mobile phone market, Bell, Rogers and Telus have fought tooth-and-nail against that happening. That opposition, as this post shows, not only includes the full-on public relations assault, but a series of emails from Bell Media President Kevin Crull calling on the telecom and media giant’s news directors to cover a report favourable to the incumbents’ main arguments as well.

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Some employees at Rogers and Bell, for instance, report being brow-beaten by managers to email a form letter in support of the companies to the government. More troubling, and a point that has not yet seen the light of day, is a chain of emails originating from Kevin Crull, the President of Bell Media – the largest media enterprise and one of the largest news organizations in the country — calling on news execs and journalists across CTV, CTV2 and local TV channels and radio stations across the country to cover a study that suggests that the state of wireless in Canada is not as bad as its critics claim.

And these are just highlights; the blog post includes links to emails and all the people involved.

Something needs to be done about this vertical integration business, and I don't really need to elaborate how bad it is when a corporation uses its media empire to draft public policy.
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