Charlie Ergen Quotes

Charles William "Charlie" Ergen (born March 1, 1953) is an American businessman and is the co-founder and current Chairman of the Board, and former President and CEO of Dish Network and EchoStar Communications Corporation. He stepped down as CEO in May 2011 in favor of Joseph Clayton. He remains Chairman of the Board of both companies. Ergen resumed as CEO upon Clayton's March 31, 2015 retirement. Ergen owns 52 percent of Dish and Echostar shares and holds 88 percent of its total voting power.

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Charlie Ergen


Allowing your kids to watch TV doesn't have to mean they have no choice but to see commercials for junk food and alcohol.

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You either trust someone day one until they prove you wrong, or you say, 'I don't trust you until you show me I can trust you.' I'm the latter.

Charlie Ergen


I don't want to kill ads. I think advertising is great, and I'm very aware that there's multiple revenue streams in television, subscription and advertising. But I also don't want to put my head in the sand, and I think the world is changing.

Charlie Ergen


Some people are averse to change, but the advertising model is going to change with or without the Hopper. What we're saying to the broadcasters is, 'There's a way for you not to put your head in the sand.'

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When you deal with change, you have a couple choices: you can lead it and make the rules, or you can be a fast follower, or you can be a slow follower.

Charlie Ergen


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.

Charlie Ergen


Poker is a game where you don't have to have the best hand to win. Poker is really reading other people and reading human emotion, which certainly comes into play in business.

Charlie Ergen


Blackjack is very scientific. There's always a right answer and a wrong answer. Do you take a card, increase your bet, bet big or bet small. There's absolutely a right and wrong answer.

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Ultimately, broadcasters and advertisers have to change the way they do business or they run the risk of linear TV becoming obsolete.

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There are only two kinds of employees that I've run across in 30 years. 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.

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The world is changing... I don't, as a consumer, want advertising that's not relevant. If we're going to take a side, let's take the side of the consumer.

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If the broadcasters were to win on their claims, they'd outlaw the DVR.

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“We're able now to provide local television channels to all Americans, so all 107 million households will be able to receive their local channels via satellite, which will give us true effective competition to the dominant cable providers, no matter where a person may live,”

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“To use a poker analogy, if the deck is a bit stacked against you, spread the deck on the table and let everyone see the cards,”

Charlie Ergen


“[People] are more price sensitive than they were two months ago because of the cost of gas, ... For me, that's a huge advantage.”

Charlie Ergen