RIM CEO Abruptly Cuts off BBC Interview

Mike Lazaridis, the CEO of Research In Motion, abruptly ended an interview with the BBC after growing upset over a line of questioning about the issues the company was facing in the Middle East and India.

When BBC’s technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones, asked about BlackBerrys having a security issue–referring to the Indian government’s wanting access to BlackBerry Enterprise Server–Lazaridis denied there was a security problem. “We’ve just been singled out because we’re so successful around the world,” he said.

Mentioning that the BBC has a lot of listeners in India and the Middle East, Cellan-Jones asked Lazaridis if he could “confidently tell them that they’ll have no problems with being able to use their BlackBerrys,” at which point Lazaridis said that the interview was over.

Watch the video of the abruptly-ending interview.

via BBC

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  1. Todd Says:

    I think this is just the culmination of weeks and months of the same re-hash. Even Obama and other world leaders have shown their humanity when poked in the eye a million times over.

  2. minzhu Says:

    Don’t blame CEO, they want RIM win.

    RIM has strange culture and self distruct political environment.

    In RIM if a new hired person figure out major problem and introduce efficient approach, both manager and his buddy group member will proof their wrong approach works. just like someone point out driving a car is right way, pushing a car is wrong way, then both manager and his buddy group member will hate you, and proof that 3 person can also move the car by pushing it. cheating email will be sent to some vice president, saying like: see, the car moving, pushing a car is a natural part of the process, in order to deny new hired contribution of introducing skill of drive a car, they have to deny merit of driving a car.

    It is very strange company culture and strange company political environment, it promote stealing and cheating skill. RIM’s management may be a typical instance in MBA course.

    This culture deny or steal hardworking team members’ contribution/innovation, generate strange political environment, destroy RIM.

    So don’t blame CEO, some of their VPs and VPs’ expert generate terrible culture and self destruct political environment.

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