tedrogersCanadian media giant Ted Rogers passed away early Tuesday, at his home, surrounded by family. He was 75.

Here’s what CBC.ca posted today:

Canadian media magnate Ted Rogers, founder and CEO of Rogers Communications, has died.

Rogers, 75, died at his Toronto home early Tuesday surrounded by loved ones, said a statement from the company’s board of directors. He had recently been admitted to hospital for a cardiac condition.

“We wish to express our deepest sympathy to Loretta and all of the Rogers family for this loss,” said Alan Horn, chairman of Rogers Communications and acting CEO.

“Ted Rogers was one of a kind who built this company from one FM radio station into Canada’s largest wireless, cable and media company — a leader also in giving to the community through his and Loretta’s many philanthropic initiatives. He will be sadly missed.”

Rogers continued to play an active role in the company, which owns the Toronto Blue Jays, five Citytv television stations across the country, as well as the Rogers cable TV, wireless, radio and magazine businesses, including Maclean’s and Chatelaine.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the family. He is survived by his wife, Loretta, whom he married in 1963, and their four children — Edward, Lisa, Melinda and Martha.

Invested in high-speed, wireless

Rogers, who founded his company in 1960, was known as an outspoken, sometimes unpredictable leader, noted for going against the grain and taking risks that paid off in the end.

He grew up in the wealthy Toronto neighbourhood of Forest Hill and attended the exclusive Upper Canada College. His first business foray came in 1960 while articling as a law student. Using borrowed money, Rogers bought Toronto radio station CHFI-FM at a time when it was the only FM station in Canada.

Rogers Communications has built itself almost as much on image as on its services, placing its name on the Toronto stadium once known as the SkyDome, buying the Blue Jays and investing in cutting-edge services for its customers.

‘His major contribution has been to recognize that you need to always evolve as a company, and in terms of technology.’—Caroline Van Hasselt, author of High Wire Act: Ted Rogers and the Empire that Debt Built

“You’re always looking for something you can do that will, in our case, simplify people’s lives … make it so that they’re experiencing things with Rogers that they never thought they could experience before,” Rogers once said in an interview with CBC News.

Rogers’s investment in high-speed internet around the turn of the millennium was one of the pivotal decisions that solidified the company’s presence on the market.

He believed that while only a limited number of people would subscribe to high-speed services initially, the investment would eventually pay off.

About 15 years earlier, Rogers was the driver behind a decision to invest in wireless technologies that were in their infancy at the time.

“His major contribution has been to recognize that you need to always evolve as a company, and in terms of technology,” said journalist and biographer Caroline Van Hasselt, who wrote High Wire Act: Ted Rogers and the Empire that Debt Built.

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