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DISH Chairman Ergen: Unplugged

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/02/12/dish-chairman-ergen-unplugged.aspx

Dan Radovsky
February 12, 2013

DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH) has been making news on several fronts, not only as a disruptor of the status quo in the worlds of pay TV and mobile communications, but also, as a Bloomberg headline once called DISH, "The Meanest Company in America."

As the Bloomberg article points out, much of the company's cantankerous quality can be traced to its tenaciously combative founder, chairman, and former CEO, Charlie Ergen.

On being the "meanest" and the "worst"
Not surprisingly, Ergen doesn't agree with that characterization of his company, calling it a depthless charge during an interview he gave onstage at AllThingsD's "D: Dive Into Media" conference.

He also took exception to glassdoor.com's poll finding DISH "America's Worst Company to Work For." It may not be an easy place to work, he said, but making it at DISH is about taking personal responsibility.

"There are only two kinds of employees that I've run across in 30 years," he said. "There are ones that get results, and ones that make excuses. If you're in that second camp, you're not going to like DISH"

He continued: "I care about our employees more than anybody in my company. I care about my kids, too, but that doesn't mean I give them everything that they want."

On going wireless
DISH has been buying up wireless spectrum over the past several years -- but why? Isn't it a satellite-TV company?

Yes, "first and foremost, we are a video company," E