Rogers and Shaw Tell CRTC Merger Will Enhance Competition, Help Lower-Income Canadians
Edward S. Rogers, Brad Shaw, and Tony Staffieri at the CRTC public hearing in Gatineau, Quebec, November 2021; Image via Rogers
On Monday morning, Rogers and Shaw attended the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) hearing to consider the broadcasting implications of the Rogers-Shaw merger, taking place in Gatineau, Quebec.
Edward S. Rogers, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rogers Communications, Brad Shaw, Executive Chair and CEO of Shaw Communications and Tony Staffieri, new Interim President and CEO, Rogers Communications, were in attendance.
Both Rogers and Shaw shared a transcript of their opening remarks, detailing the combined vision of what a merger would look like, if approved.
Edward Rogers, now again back in charge as chair of Rogers Communications Inc., said, “this deal will benefit our customers and our future. It should, and it does, provide strong benefits to Canada. Rogers is proud of meeting our commitments for over 60 years. I pledge that Rogers will continue to do so.”
Brad Shaw, CEO of Shaw, added, “by joining Rogers, we will expand and accelerate the multi-generational investments needed to close the digital divide and compete more effectively across Western Canada, while expanding competition to communities that currently have little or no choice.”
Dean Prevost, President, Rogers Connected Home, then detailed how the merger would benefit Canadians with four themes:
- Enhancing Competition
- Helping Bridge the Digital Divide
- Offering More Affordable Options
- Transitioning to a Digital World
Ted Woodhead, Rogers’ Senior Vice President, Regulatory, concluded, “approving our application will serve the public interest and will, ultimately, help ensure that Canada’s broadcasting policy objectives will be achieved in a rapidly evolving environment.”
“By bringing our two companies together we will make more possible and provide a brighter future for Canadians and our country,” added Woodhead.
The Rogers-Shaw merger is still being reviewed by the Competition Bureau.