Global National Mandarin

Global News and Shaw Multicultural Channel announced today that broadcast veteran Carol Wang will anchor Global National Mandarin, and journalist Frank Qi will assume duties as the newscast’s Correspondent.

The 30-minute Mandarin-language newscast launches Monday, January 23 (Chinese New Year) on Shaw Multicultural Channel 116 in Vancouver, and Shaw Multicultural Channel 89 in Calgary.

Working closely with the Global National editorial team in Vancouver, Wang and Qi will provide Mandarin-speaking viewers with the day’s biggest national and international stories. Drawing on their wealth of knowledge and years forging relationships with key sources, Wang and Qi will present the stories that matter most to the Chinese community.

“With Carol and Frank, Global National Mandarin has secured two experienced and well-respected journalists who are very familiar with the Chinese community to help launch this innovative newscast,” says Troy Reeb, Vice-President, Global News. “Their keen news sense paired with the resources provided by Global National’s production team will allow Global National Mandarin to put together the most up-to-date Mandarin-language newscast possible.”

Global National Mandarin’s on-air team is as follows:

Carol Wang: Anchor – With over 12 years of television anchoring and reporting experience, Wang has cemented herself as a pillar within B.C.’s Chinese-speaking community. Wang began her broadcasting career as a television reporter and host in China’s Yunnan Province. Moving to Vancouver in 2001, Wang worked as a reporter and anchor for Fairchild Media’s Talentvision before hosting OMNI News: Mandarin Edition newscast in 2003. While at OMNI News, Wang covered the stories of most interest to the Chinese Community, including the recent extradition of alleged human smuggling kingpin Lai Changxing from Vancouver in July, 2011.

Frank Qi: Correspondent – An established and well-regarded journalist within the Chinese community, Qi has over 10 years experience working with Vancouver-based Chinese media. Graduating with a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia, Qi worked as a reporter and anchor for Fairchild TV, Vancouver before becoming the station’s Assignment Editor in 2007.

As part of the week-long Chinese New Year festivities set, Global National Mandarin will also feature coverage of Vancouver’s annual Chinese New Year Parade. Coverage of the Chinese New Year event will air Sunday, January 29th at 9:00 PM PT on Shaw TV Channel 4 and Shaw Multicultural Channel 116.

Global National Mandarin will air Monday-to-Friday at 7pm and 11:30pm PT on Shaw Multicultural Channel 116 in Vancouver, and at 10pm MT on Shaw Multicultural Channel 89 in Calgary.

Global News and Shaw Multicultural Channel are joining forces to produce Global National Mandarin, providing Mandarin-speaking viewers with the biggest news from across Canada and around the world.

Launching on Chinese New Year – Monday, January 23, 2012 – the 30 minute Mandarin-language newscast is set to air Monday-to-Friday at 7pm and 11:30pm PT on Shaw Multicultural Channel 116 in Vancouver, and at 10pm MT on Shaw Multicultural Channel 89 in Calgary.

As the only Mandarin-language newscast produced by a national network, Global National Mandarin’s team will work closely with Global National to air original content and footage for its Mandarin-speaking audience. Global National Mandarin’s production team will go one step further and seek out exclusive commentary from prominent sources in the Mandarin-speaking community to offer their expertise on the key stories of the day. Global National Mandarin’s anchor and on-air team will be announced early in the New Year. 

“The partnership between Global News and Shaw Multicultural Channel represents our combined desire to bring our Mandarin-speaking viewers the timely and informative news they want and deserve,” says Troy Reeb, Vice-President, Global News. “By working closely with the Global National team, Global National Mandarin will deliver the most comprehensive Mandarin-language newscast possible.” 

Adding to Global National Mandarin’s reporting ability is veteran journalist and Global National’s China Correspondent Patrick Brown. Based in China, the esteemed broadcast veteran will cover not only China but Taiwan, Hong Kong and other areas as the news dictates. An award-winning journalist and esteemed broadcast veteran, Brown is fluent in Mandarin and has his finger on the pulse of Chinese culture and politics, having lived in the country for several years. 

“As multicultural communities in Canada grow, demand for cultural content is on the rise,” says Peter Bissonnette, President, Shaw Communications Inc. “With Shaw Media now part of our family, we’re proud to be able to deliver unique Canadian programming like Global National Mandarin to our Mandarin-speaking customers.”

With a seasoned team of correspondents reporting from every major Canadian city, as well as Washington, London, Prague and New Delhi, Global National Mandarin will also have the ability to pull original content from around the world, something other Mandarin-language newscasts can’t claim.

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