High Wire Act: Ted Rogers and the Empire that Debt Built / Edition 1

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There has possibly never been a more daring business figure inCanada’s history than Ted Rogers. Hailed by some as avisionary with an incomparable insight, and equally loathed byothers as a ruthless opportunist, Ted Rogers relentlessly conqueredhis rivals in three industries – radio, cable television andcellular telephony. High Wire Act is an unprecedented,in-depth analysis into how Ted Rogers, driven by the psychologicalneed to restore his family's name, leveraged his stake in a smallToronto FM radio station and propelled it into a media andtelecommunications behemoth worth over $23 billion. The many topicscovered in the book include details on Rogers’…

  • Unmatched ability to foresee the convergence of cable andtelephony before anyone else did
  • Insatiable appetite for debt and risk taking, and how he bethis company three times to carry out his vision
  • Shrewd political and regulatory maneuvers that always kept himone step ahead of his competitors and political adversaries such asBell and the Aspers
  • Opportunistic acquisition of the Toronto Blue Jays

High Wire Act is a fascinating and one-of-a-kind lookinto one of Canada’s most audacious and visionary businessfigures of the past fifty years. Every Canadian business readerwill be enthralled by this enduring success story of Canada’sonly true telecommunications mogul.

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What People Are Saying

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“Ted was dreaming of convergence before anyone knew how to spell it.’’ — Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada (1984-1993)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470152966
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/5/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 530
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Van Hasselt (Toronto, ON) is an awardwinning reporter with an almost 20-year career in journalism. She previously was Boston Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News and a reporter with the Financial Times of Canada. One of her notable achievements includes being the first to break the news of Royal Bank’s ultimately failed merger with Bank of Montreal. In addition to being a journalist, Caroline has also worked as a senior investigator at Canada’s foremost forensic accounting firm.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Prologue: Not Your Average Cable Guy ix

Act One: Radio

Chapter 1: 3BP 3

Chapter 2: Club 405 19

Chapter 3: Rogers, Bassett and the BBG 29

Chapter 4: 680 Radio 45

Chapter 5: "The Hardest Fight of My Life" 63

Act Two: Cable

Chapter 6: The Cable Guy 81

Chapter 7: Enter Phil Lind, the Banks and the CRTC 95

Chapter 8: Predatory Strike 113

Chapter 9: Taking on America: Part I: Urban Oil Wells 135

Chapter 10: Taking on America: Part II: A Hell of a Marriage157

Chapter 11: Taking on America: Part III: Hell on Wheels 169

Act Three: Wireless

Chapter 12: Cutting the Cord: The Birth of Cantel 199

Chapter 13: Twelve Months to Launch 233

Chapter 14: The Put 259

Chapter 15: Ownership Gambit 285

Act Four: Riverboat Gambler

Chapter 16: Unitel: Here We Go Again 297

Chapter 17: Blood Sport 319

Chapter 18: WAVE Good-Bye 337

Chapter 19: The Terrible Nineties 355

Chapter 20: Fido, Heel 383

Chapter 21: A Mug’s Game 405

Chapter 22: The Five Final Years 427

Chapter 23: Are You Rogered? 453

Epilogue: Vindication 465

Appendix: A Ted Rogers Q&A 472

Endnotes 475

Partial Bibliography 509

Index 510

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