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Document Details


Title: Phil Lind and Ted Rogers
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Cable Center. Barco Library. Special Collections
Collection: Cable Center Oral History Collection
Description: Ted Rogers and Phil Lind created what became the largest cable company in Canada and a major force in the cable industry in the US. Both were born and raised in Toronto. Rogers' father was an inventor and obtained one of the first television licenses in North America in 1931. Rogers started his career booking dance bands and in 1960 acquired the first FM radio station in Canada. In 1966 he bought his first cable system and, with the help of Lind, added converters to upgrade the system beyond 12 channels. By 1980 Rogers Cablesystems was the largest cable operator in Canada. Rogers Cablesystems was a major innovator in local programming and interactive programming. These areas of expertise gave the company an advantage when it decided to seek franchises in the US market where it won battles in dozens of communities including cities such as Portland, OR, and Minneapolis, MN. In their joint oral history Lind and Rogers discuss how they used their Canadian experience to convince US cities to grant them franchises, even though they were "foreigners" competing against US-based companies. The two also discuss their partnership with UA Columbia Cable, run by Bob Rosencrans. Finally, they discuss their decision to sell their cable systems in 1987 to concentrate their efforts on building a wireless communications system in Canada. Lind and Rogers also tell of their relationships with many of the leading figures in the US cable industry including Ted Turner, Amos Hostetter and Chuck Dolan.
URL: http://www.cablecenter.org/education/library/oralHistoryDetails.cfm?id=137
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2001 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Rogers, Edward S. (Ted)
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker place of birth: Toronto, ON; Ontario; Canada; North America
Document location: Toronto, Ontario
Document date: Feb-2001
Interviewer: Cole, Jack
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Broadcasting; Cable television--United States; North America; Oral history; Public broadcasting; Television; Television programs; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Cable administrators
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022769-24180