Will the Gleaner RJR deal restrict consumer choice?


Another take on the Gleaner/RJR merger from Annie Paul.

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No, I don’t think it will. In the first place this isn’t the merger of two businesses offering the same services. It is a merger between two entities who represent the oldest legacy media in the country: the country’s first and most dominant newspaper and its first and largest broadcasting service. Legacy media is just a more popular term for traditional media and we use that term as a counterpart to new media, the new technologies that have forced a global paradigm shift in the way news is produced and consumed.

The new entity, which I refer to as the Gleanajer, is still going to put out a newspaper and will continue to provide TV and radio services. So there is no loss of choice there. In fact what I think we need to realize is that this merger has been forced by the entry of new players into the field…

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1 thought on “Will the Gleaner RJR deal restrict consumer choice?

  1. Insightful perspective. I had not known that Digicel owned loop. I have a feeling that the order in the public statement — advertisers then consumers — is exactly how focus will fall. – A

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