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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:
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 giants news directors to cover a report favourable to the incumbents main arguments as well.
quote:And these are just highlights; the blog post includes links to emails and all the people involved.
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.
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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