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Template:Infobox Co-operative Westman Communications Group (WCG) is the operating name of Westman Media Co-operative. Formerly referred to as Westman Cable, it is the main cable television company for the city of Brandon, Manitoba and the surrounding towns and villages of southwestern Manitoba. WCG was established in 1977 and originally provided cable television to the city of Brandon. In 1978, WCG expanded its coverage to include Carberry. Today, WCG provides analog and digital cable, and internet service to the following communities: Benito, Binscarth, Birch River, Birtle, Boissevain, Bowsman, Brandon, Carberry, Dauphin, Deloraine, Elkhorn, Erickson, Gilbert Plains, Gladstone, Glenboro, Grandview, Hamiota, Killarney, McCreary, Melita, Minitonas, Minnedosa, Neepawa, Rivers, Roblin, Rossburn, Russell, Sandy Lake, Shilo, Shoal Lake, Souris, St. Lazare, Ste Rose, Strathclair, Swan River, Virden.

As a consumer co-operative, WCG is one of the few cable companies where the customer earns equity (by being a Co-op), which can be cashed in if they move out of the service area. WCG is a member of the Manitoba Cooperative Association.

GovernanceEdit

WCG, as cooperative, is a business owned and controlled by its members. Membership in WCG is open to anyone wishing to purchase services. Members, through a board of directors, determine how the co-operative will be run and allocation of any profits. The elected Board of Directors carries the ultimate responsibility for the policies for Westman and for giving direction to management. The current board of directors are: Doug Smallwood (Chair), Gail Janz (First Vice-Chair), Miriam McLeod (Second Vice-Chair), Theresa van Hoof (Secretary), Susan Brechmann (Treasurer), Leo Boivin, Barry Delmage, Ryan Gibson, Brian McVicar, Terri Roulette-McCartney, and Bill Zaporzan.

Recent activitiesEdit

2008Edit

On March 15, WCG was listed by Industry Canada as a participant in the upcoming auction for spectrum licenses for advanced wireless services. [1]

2007Edit

As of May 1 2007 WCG purchased the naming rights to the Keystone Centre's main arena and the associated viewing lounge. It is a ten-year deal with an option to renew. As part of the deal, WCG will install HD televisions in the concourse and two electronic reader boards.

2003Edit

In 2003, WCG purchased Riding Mountain Broadcasting Ltd. With the purchase, WCG now operates two Brandon-based radio stations, CKLF 94.7 ("94.7 Star-fm"), and CKLQ 880 ("Q-Country").

ReferencesEdit

  1. Industry Canada (March 14, 2008), http://www.ic.gc.ca/epic/site/smt-gst.nsf/en/sf08900e.html

External links Edit


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