Media and telecoms mogul Ted Rogers dies

Tue Dec 2, 2008 12:51pm EST
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By Wojtek Dabrowski

TORONTO (Reuters) - Ted Rogers, who transformed a single Toronto FM radio station into a North American broadcasting, publishing and telecoms conglomerate, has died, Rogers Communications said on Tuesday. He was 75.

The company said it planned to form a special committee to select the next chief executive and would consider internal and external candidates.

Among those who analysts believe will be considered are Edward Rogers, currently the head of the company's cable operations, and Melinda Rogers, the senior vice-president of strategy and development.

Also touted for the corner office is Nadir Mohamed, the chief operating officer.

"I tend to lean toward Nadir," independent technology analyst Carmi Levy said of a potential successor. "He has been more integral to the operations of the company than anyone up until now."

Rogers, who was hospitalized in late October for an existing heart condition, died at his home in Toronto.

While a successor is being chosen, Alan Horn, who assumed the role of CEO when Rogers was admitted to hospital, will remain in that position.

"Though Ted was relentless in business and building this company over the years, he was also very much a family man. His impact on family, community and country was as impressive as his business success," Phil Lind, Rogers' vice-chairman, who worked with the founder for almost 40 years, said in a statement.   Continued...

<p>Ted Rogers pictured in Toronto, June 29, 2005. REUTERS/Mike Cassese</p>