Global National

Canwest Broadcasting is pleased to announce that Global National has won the prestigious Best Newscast and Best Spot News Awards, in the network television category at the 2007 Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada Awards (RTNDA). Global BC, Global News Calgary, Global News Edmonton, Global News Maritimes and CHBC News Kelowna were also honoured with several accolades in the national television category, at the awards gala held in Ottawa last night.

The network and national awards received by Global National, Global News and CHBC News were as follows:

Global National (network level)

Best Newscast (Bert Cannings Award): “November 6 Newscast” – Global National’s comprehensive coverage of the murder of a Canadian RCMP officer in Canada’s remote and far north. With a tight turnaround and the country’s earliest news deadline, Global National delivered a well-rounded lead-in story, providing poignant insight from the fallen officer’s family in Ontario.

Best Spot News (Charlie Edwards Award): “Conrad Black Verdict” – Global National’s extensive live, breaking news coverage of Conrad Black’s verdict, delivering in-depth analysis and world-wide reaction. With a hard-working on-location team, Global National provided Canadians with more context of the complicated case with a historical look at the lengthy trial and Black’s more infamous comments made in the media.

Global BC (large market – national level)

Best Editorial/Commentary (Sam Ross Award): “Mike McCardell’s Downtown Eastside Series” – A frank and honest series of commentaries from Global BC’s Mike McCardell on Vancouver’s once thriving Downtown Eastside. Along with cameraman Mike Timbrell, McCardell spent a week in Canada’s toughest neighbourhood speaking directly to junkies, dealers and the homeless, many of whom want to leave but cannot find the will power. His editorial is a powerful catalyst for change that is nothing like the Shangri-La that appears in many tourist brochures.

Global News Edmonton (large market – national level)

Best Long Feature (Dave Rogers Award): “Black Friday – 20 Years Later” – An exclusive half-hour special dedicated to the victims and families hit by the 1987 Edmonton tornado, one of the worst tornadoes in Canadian history. On the 20th anniversary of the deadly twister, the Global News team took a historical look through the eyes of several people directly impacted by the event, and investigated what has changed since the tragic event when it comes to predicting tornadoes and preparing for such emergencies.

Global News Maritimes (medium market – national level)

Best Spot News (Charlie Edwards Award): “Armed Robbery” – Global News Maritimes’ breaking news coverage of a gas station robbery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and the dramatic arrest of two suspects when they got into a taxi cab. Reporter Russ White’s compelling story-telling included interviews with the gas station manager and cab driver, with excellent footage of police officers and their K9 unit apprehending the suspects.

Best Continuing Coverage (Ron Laidlaw Award): “Bill and Mary Boates” – Reporter Jacqueline Foster’s heart-warming series on the plight of Bill and Mary Boates, an elderly couple from Nova Scotia who were forced to live apart when Bill was ordered out of the nursing home where they both lived. Foster followed the story for months, took their story to the government and helped to influence change that finally resulted in the couple’s reunion.

Global News Calgary

Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award: “Minority Report – Alberta’s Culture Collision” – For the second year in a row, Global News Calgary has won the Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award which recognizes stories, features or series that best exemplify or explore an issue of diversity in a Canadian news program. This year, the Global News Calgary team won for their news special about the cultural diversity in the community of Brooks.

CHBC News Kelowna (medium market – national level)

Best Short Feature (Dave Rogers Award): “Hockey Fan” – CHBC News’ touching story about a severely disabled but dedicated hockey fan from Kelowna, Jamey Brew. Jamey, who has cerebral palsy, is the Alaska Grizzlies’ number one fan, a hockey team that travels all the way to the Vernon winter carnival peewee hockey tournament. Win or lose, Jamey gives the team pep talks every year. There is laughter, and tears of joy, and the players walk away knowing that victory is not always what ends up on the scoreboard.

*NEW CANADIAN ORIGINAL PREMIERE*

Produced and narrated by Global National’s Kevin Newman, REVEALED: The Path to War draws on the research and reporting from the best-selling book “The Unexpected War” by Janice Gross Stein and Eugene Lang, exposing how Canada found itself on the front lines in Afghanistan. This is the first film of a new twice-yearly, independently-produced, one-hour documentary strand.

Tuesday, March 11 at 10pm ET/PT on GLobal

NEW INSIGHTS FROM FORMER PRIME MINISTERS ARE REVEALED INTO THE EVENTS THAT LED TO CANADA’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE WAR

February 26, 2008

Global Television is pleased to present a new, original documentary, “REVEALED: Path to War,” produced and narrated by Canada’s most-watched national news anchor, Global National’s Kevin Newman.

Drawing on the research and reporting from the best-selling book “The Unexpected War” by Janice Gross Stein and Eugene Lang, “REVEALED: The Path to War” exposes how Canada found itself on the front lines in Afghanistan.

“REVEALED: Path to War” will air on Global Television on Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 at the following airtimes:

ON, QC & BC – 10 p.m.
MB, SK – 9 p.m.
AB & Maritimes – 8 p.m.

“REVEALED: Path to War” is the first film of a new twice-yearly, independently-produced, one-hour documentary strand, “REVEALED,” airing on Global Television, focusing on seeking the truth behind major Canadian issues, bringing fresh perspective through in-depth investigations into what is really going on behind-the-scenes.

“This documentary addresses a timely issue as the Canadian government will be voting on the country’s role in Afghanistan in the coming days,” said Kevin Newman, Global National anchor and executive editor. “’REVEALED: Path to War’ revisits Canada’s decision to enter the Afghanistan conflict by speaking directly with the people who made the choices. It was a critical moment in Canadian history, and new insights are revealed during the hour as our country debates whether to remain on the same path.”

Told from an insider’s point-of-view during the critical years after 9/11, every politician with an important role in sending Canadian troops to the war in Afghanistan is interviewed, including former Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Paul Martin.

“This particular documentary is heavily news driven and has huge relevance to today’s government policies, especially with the current debate on Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan,” said Steve Wyatt, Senior Vice President of News and Information at Canwest Broadcasting. “We are proud to have Canada’s most-watched national news anchor involved in this new documentary project.”

Canada’s involvement in the war is revealed to be a largely political path, lacking in adequate understanding of the mission or the country Canadian soldiers have been sent to reconstruct. The original agreement had Canada take part in a short-term combat role in Kandahar. It then became a peacekeeping mission and a reconstruction role thereafter. The film airs while Parliament is currently considering the longest mission extension yet: another three years to 2011.

Now, Canada finds itself engaged in a conflict longer than any other in its history. This one-hour documentary finds out why.

“We are committed to providing viewers with unique and original programming that focuses on today’s important issues and controversies,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President of Drama and Factual Content at Canwest Broadcasting. “The REVEALED documentaries will bring new perspectives and in-depth analysis to important subjects that matter most to Canadians. Global Television is proud to support the new REVEALED documentary strand.”

“REVEALED: The Path to War” is produced by award-winning Global National anchor and executive editor Kevin Newman, executive producer Gordon Henderson and director Mike Sheerin of 90th Parallel Productions, in association with Canwest Media Inc.

Tuesday March 11, 2008

ON, QC & BC – 10 P.M.
MB, SK – 9 P.M.
AB & Maritimes – 8 P.M.

February 25, 2008

Global National with Kevin Newman will broadcast the results of the Canadian federal budget in a live, half-hour newscast on Tuesday, February 26th at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT. This year’s budget has been tagged as one of the most anticipated budgets as the minority government could fall if defeated and an election could be triggered.

Joining Canada’s most-watched national news anchor Kevin Newman will be the Ottawa team of Jacques Bourbeau, Hannah Boudreau, Peter Harris and Ben O’Hara-Byrne who will provide Canadians with live analysis of the budget details, bringing real-world perspective and insight on the major issues. This follows Global National’s positioning statement of “News Understood” – connecting with audiences coast-to-coast, bringing clarity to complex issues and events of the day and making them relevant to viewers.

National Post political expert Don Martin, Deirdre McMurdy, Columnist and Vice-President of the Public Policy Forum and financial expert Andrew Pyle from Scotiabank will bring in-depth commentary, while Darrell Bricker of Ipsos-Reid will highlight key findings from an exclusive poll.

The Global National newscast will follow at its regular scheduled time at 5:30 p.m. local (6:30 p.m. in the Maritimes).

GLOBAL NATIONAL WITH KEVIN NEWMAN CONTINUES TO DOMINATE AS CANADA’S MOST-WATCHED NATIONAL NEWSCAST

DAY AFTER DAY, MORE CANADIANS CHOOSE GLOBAL NATIONAL AS THEIR SOURCE OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS

February 21, 2008

After the first seven weeks of 2008, Global National with Kevin Newman continues to outshine its competitors, increasing its leadership position as the most-watched newscast in Canada, the latest ratings information from BBM Nielsen Media Research confirms.

The new year has solidified Global National with Kevin Newman’s #1 position. Since January, Global National has increased its lead over second-place CTV National News to an average of 100,000 viewers every weeknight – peaking at as many as 400,000 more viewers on some nights.

2008 2007
Dec. 31 – Feb. 15 Jan. 1 – Dec. 30
(000) (000)
Global National with Kevin Newman 963.8 913.5

CTV National News 897.8 900.6

CBC National 646.0 630.1

*All data BBM Nielsen Media Research, P2+ total Canada, Monday to Friday.

Newman’s leadership continues to strengthen Global National’s positioning statement of “News Understood” – connecting with audiences coast-to-coast, bringing clarity to complex issues and events of the day and making them relevant to viewers.

About Global National:
Global National with Kevin Newman is Canada’s most-watched national newscast, reaching Canadians coast-to-coast (www.globalnational.com). The multi award-winning half-hour newscast is broadcast live seven days a week at 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. in the Maritimes) with news bureaus and correspondents in every major city in Canada, as well as Washington, D.C. Global National provides an early evening national news alternative for Canadians with a distinctive voice and approach to the day’s top stories.

A GLOBAL NATIONAL EXCLUSIVE

KEVIN NEWMAN’S ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW WITH GOVERNOR GENERAL MICHAËLLE JEAN

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH AT 5:30 P.M.

(Vancouver, February 19, 2008) Global National anchor and executive editor Kevin Newman will be speaking one-on-one with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada in an exclusive television interview on her new mentorship program pairing Canadian youth with recipients of the Order of Canada.

Airing Wednesday, February 20th at 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. in the Maritimes), Canada’s most-watched anchor will speak with The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean about this new initiative, her recent travels and her impressions of her national role.

Known for her exemplary broadcast journalism career and charity work, Her Excellency was appointed by former Prime Minister Paul Martin in September 2005, succeeding Adrienne Clarkson to become Canada’s 27th Governor General.

GLOBAL NATIONAL’S KEVIN NEWMAN BROADCASTS LIVE FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. FOR “SUPER TUESDAY”

CANADA’S MOST-WATCHED ANCHOR GIVES THE COUNTRY FRONT ROW COVERAGE OF ONE OF THE HOTTEST PRESIDENTIAL RACES IN U.S. HISTORY

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5th & WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6th / 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. Maritimes)

Canada’s most-watched anchor Kevin Newman will be the only Canadian anchor broadcasting live from Washington, D.C. this week on February 5th and 6th for “Super Tuesday,” a key day in American politics when candidates battle for supremacy in the presidential race.

Newman will anchor from the White House and break down the major issues from a Canadian perspective. He will be joined by Washington Bureau Chief Eric Sorensen who is covering the Republican race, while Paul Johnson covers the Democrats from New York’s Rockefeller Center.

“This has been an American election that has riveted Canadians because we have something at stake in the outcome as well,” says Newman. “It is historic on every level, and Tuesday’s primaries will be decisive.”

On Tuesday, February 5th, 24 U.S. states, the most in history, are scheduled to hold caucuses or primary elections that will decide which leading candidates will represent their party at the national convention.

GLOBAL NATIONAL WITH KEVIN NEWMAN NAMED BEST NEWSCAST AT THE 2007 GEMINI AWARDS

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‘GLOBAL CURRENTS’ AWARDED BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES

(Toronto, October 15, 2007) Global National with Kevin Newman, Canada’s most-watched national newscast, has been named Best Newscast at the 22nd Annual Gemini Awards. In addition, Global Television’s “Global Currents” was awarded Best Documentary Series for its 2006 premiere season. Select news awards were handed out earlier this evening at a gala event at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto.

“It is a huge honour for us to receive this recognition from our industry peers and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television,” said Steve Wyatt, Global Television’s Senior Vice-President of News and Information. “This confirms what the majority of news viewers already know, that Global National with Kevin Newman is the best national newscast in the country. We’re extremely proud of what our Global National news team have achieved and the hard work they put in each and everyday.”

Global National received the Best Newscast Award for its stellar newscasts including its October 9, 2006 broadcast where two-time Gemini Award winner Kevin Newman anchored live, and on-location from the front lines of Afghanistan, bringing viewers first-hand insight and perspective on Canada’s part in the war against terror.

Also winning for the first time, highly-acclaimed “Global Currents” was named Best Documentary Series for its fall 2006 premiere season, hosted by anchor Kevin Newman. The weekly, one-hour, independently-produced documentary series features the talents of Canada’s best socio-political, environmental, humanist and scientific documentary filmmakers. Documentaries in the first season included “Greenpeace: Making a Stand,” “Healthcare 911,” “Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey,” and “Breaking Ranks.”

“On the heels of our first successful season, we are thrilled to have Global Currents recognized by the Academy as Best Documentary Series,” said Christine Shipton, Vice-President of Original Programming. “We are so proud to have partnered with some of the most talented independent producers in our country to bring these important social issues to the forefront for all Canadians.”

The Best News Anchor award, of which Kevin Newman is nominated, will be handed out on October 28th at the main gala in Regina.

About Global National:
Global National with Kevin Newman is Canada’s most-watched national newscast (www.globalnational.com). Currently in its sixth season, the multi-award-winning half-hour newscast is broadcast live seven days a week at 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. in the Maritimes) from its national news centre in Vancouver, B.C., with news bureaus and correspondents in every major city in Canada, as well as Washington, D.C. Global National provides an early evening national news alternative with a distinctive voice and approach to the day’s top stories.