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RIM co-CEO Lazaridis walks out on interview

updated 01:05 pm EDT, Wed April 13, 2011

RIM co-chief ends BBC interview

RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis drew flak on Wednesday for abruptly exiting an interview with the BBC's Click Online. When grilled on the impasse with India and Middle Eastern countries over access to information, Lazaridis cast the question as "unfair" and declared the interview over. The company has often maintained its stance that it can't open up access but has usually been willing to discuss the problem when confronted.

The company hasn't given a follow-up response to the disruption.

Lazaridis' interview came just after a second, non-televised interview in which he complained about a lack of recognition for RIM's financial success rather than tackling questions of declining market share and concerns about relevancy in the face of faster, more modern Android and iPhone devices.

A comeback in the product lineup is expected early next month at BlackBerry World where the company unveils devices like the Bold Touch and Torch 2. The interview nonetheless doesn't help as it superficially suggests an internal frustration at the company even as it tries to reinvigorate its image.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Stay Classy, Lazaridis....

    ....because, after all, everybody loves a whining crybaby..

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I guess we can probably start the countdown for when RIM is back down to one CEO...

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    what a wussy

    with a capital "P"

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm going home!

    Jeez, you just can't take this guy anywhere.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lazaridis = cartman

    s**** you guys, I'm going home.

    Mom, can I get some cheezy poofs?

  1. SillyPooh

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ... but he was doing sooo well up till now!! Interviews are his strong suit... What went wrong??
    Seriously, check out his interview at All Things D, it's a riot! You can't make heads from tails of what he says!

    Dude this is the BBC, a respected body of chaps. You can't just quit like that!
    Some red alarm light must be going off right now, somewhere.

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