Here’s another YouTube gem from Global Saskatoon news anchor Lisa Dutton.

Dutton is prone to the odd on-air slip-up, given she was behind the “pick-a-dick” clip that went viral last year.

As part of its continuing efforts to keep Albertans informed and engaged, Global Edmonton will be hosting the 2011 Alberta PC Leadership Debate.

The exclusive live broadcast will air this Wednesday evening at 6:30pm on Global Edmonton, Global Calgary and Global Lethbridge as well as on Edmonton’s CHED and Calgary’s QR77 talk radio stations. A live streaming version will also be available at and

“Being the exclusive television broadcaster for this pivotal debate highlights why Global News is Albertans’ number one choice for news, regardless of where they live,” said Troy Reeb, Vice President News for Shaw Media. “Global News and Shaw are committed to serving our communities and honoured to host what may be Alberta’s most important public policy forum this year.”

Viewers are welcome to share their thoughts on the debate through Global’s social media portals – Global Edmonton on Facebook and @GlobalEdmonton and via affiliate websites.


The Candidates

• Doug Horner: A 50-year-old former businessman who left his post as Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education to run for the leadership. Horner represents Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert. His family political pedigree dates back three generations.

• Gary Mar: A 49-year-old, Calgary-born health minister under former Premier Ralph Klein. He quit as a politician when Ed Stelmach took over as Premier to serve as Alberta’s envoy in Washington, a post he left to run for the leadership.

• Alison Redford: A 46-year-old lawyer, human rights activist and former justice minister. She has promised to turn Alberta into a global hub for energy research and to reform health care from within. Redford represents Calgary-Elbow.

With Canadians heading to the polls next week, Global News is preparing to carry full, breaking election news with its Decision Canada coverage special.

Continuing its Gemini award-winning tradition of timely and accurate election night reporting, Global News’ Decision Canada will provide viewers with an up-to-the-minute, multi-platform look at all the news breaking across the country as Canadians cast their votes.

As the polls begin to close, Decision Canada will also cut away to local Global News stations across the country every 20 minutes, providing updates on all specific local ridings as the results come in. Decision Canada airs election night, Monday, May 2, 30 minutes before polls close in all time zones, with extensive coverage and live streaming of Decision Canada at

Led by Global National Anchor and Executive Editor Dawna Friesen, Decision Canada election coverage kicks off live from Global News’ election headquarters in Toronto 30 minutes before polls close in each time zone. Joining Dawna in-studio, expert reporter Eric Sorensen will update viewers on all breaking election news using Global News’ revolutionary virtual set. Public opinion and elections expert Barry Kay will also join Eric to analyze all of the national numbers and riding-by-riding results as they come in across the country. Global Correspondent Carolyn Jarvis will be on hand with expert pollster and CEO of Ipsos Global Public Affairs Darrell Bricker to examine the latest polling trends going into the election and through to the exit polls. This one-two punch combination gives Global News the best results and deepest polling information possible to correctly call the election – a distinction it has held ahead of all others over the past two federal elections. 

Decision Canada viewers can also check out for the latest news and results as they come in across the country. Viewers will be able to watch the Decision Canada special via live stream and comment on the night’s events in a variety of ways, including’s live blog and exclusive Rate the Leaders feature, which allows viewers to rate the all party leaders using an interactive voting tool, and then post comments through text or webcam. has also teamed up with to collect and analyze real-time online discussions taking place throughout election night, and will distill the overall Twitter mood for each party even after the polls close. will feature in-depth updates and analysis from Global News reporters and Decision Canada’s expert panel as the evening progresses. Breaking news, exclusive blog content and up-to-date maps analyzing seat projections from coast-to-coast will also give viewers a comprehensive look at the election as it unfurls.

Global National Correspondent Jennifer Tryon will be on hand during Decision Canada to update viewers on the results from’s exclusive online content, as well as all the social media stories affecting the election. With all political parties moving online to convey messages to the public, the role of social media for politicians and voters alike has never been more crucial. Through timely, in-depth analysis, Jennifer will help bridge the gap between information surfacing online, and the top stories being reported on during the Decision Canada special.


During the broadcast, Dawna Friesen will be on-point to offer timely analysis of all breaking news alongside a team of party strategists and former MPs, including: 


Conservatives:        Jay Hill – Former Government House Leader and MP: Prince George/Peace River 

                   Goldy Hyder – SVP & General Manager of Communications Firm Hill & Knowlton

Liberal:                   Sheila Copps – Former Minister of Canadian Heritage and MP: Hamilton-East

                   Penny Collenette – Former senior advisor to Michael Ignatieff’s leadership bid

NDP:                       Joy MacPhail –  Former BC Leader of the Opposition in BC and MLA cabinet minister

                   Ian Capstick – Former NDP Strategist, Media Consultant/Owner at MediaStyle


Decision Canada will feature Global News’ award-winning team of reporters covering all aspects of the election from the main party locations and key ridings across Canada. Ottawa Bureau Chief Jacques Bourbeau and Correspondent Peter Harris will be at Stephen Harper’s Conservative headquarters in Calgary; Shirlee Engel will be with Michael Ignatieff’s Liberal camp in Toronto; Mike Drolet will follow NDP leader Jack Layton at his Toronto-area riding; and Robin Gill will cover Green Party Chief Elizabeth May from her Saanich-Gulf Islands riding base. Interviews and updates from over 20 remote locations across the country will keep Canadians up-to-date on all election information. 

After completing his Decision Canada: Your Voice cross-country tour, Global National Correspondent Mike Armstrong will return to Saskatoon, Sask, the historic political stronghold and final resting place of The Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker. Reporting live from Winston’s English Pub and Grill in the heart of the city, Mike will speak with the local Saskatonians and provide Decision Canada with a grassroots look at the election. 


Global National’s election night coverage begins at the following times on Monday, May 2:


Global Maritimes: 8pm ADT 

Global Quebec/Toronto: 9pm EDT

Global Winnipeg:  8pm CDT

Global Regina/Saskatoon: 7:30pm CST

Global Calgary/Edmonton/Lethbridge: 7pm MDT

Global Okanagan: 7pm PDT 

Global BC: 6:30pm PDT

Global Edmonton is proud to announce that its longtime leader, mentor and employee Tim Spelliscy will be receiving the 2011 RTNDA Lifetime Achievement Award for the Prairie Region. Tim will receive his award on Saturday, April 9th during the RTNDA Prairie Regional Awards Banquet in Saskatoon. 

The Award came as no surprise to anyone at Global Edmonton. “It’s hard to imagine a Global Edmonton without a Tim Spelliscy,” says Troy Reeb, Vice President, Global News. “The Global Edmonton news department was built virtually on his shoulders. His foresight, determination and creative energy are the reasons that Global maintains a leadership position in Edmonton. We are deeply proud and appreciative of everything that Tim has done for both the station and for the local community.” 

Tim Spelliscy is definitely a man who has dedicated his life to broadcasting. His career has taken him from small town radio to national television – from writing and announcing to the “voice of the Oilers” to station management. Tim is best known for leading ITV News, now Global Edmonton, to prominence as “Edmonton’s News”.

Recognized for his news savvy and hard work, Tim grew the staff and hours of news to a market leading 40 hours per week – adding remote weather stations, microwave trucks, and Edmonton’s first television meteorologist ITV News became the most comprehensive news coverage from the busiest newsroom in the city.

Tim’s leadership in broadcasting is also reflected in his dedication to the community he serves. He is a committed and focused member of the Edmonton community – fundraiser, board member, media adviser and is one of the most sought after volunteer emcees in the city. 


Global Edmonton also received RTNDA Prairie Regional Awards in the following categories:


Adrienne Clarkson Award – Diversity

• Global Edmonton for Travel Club


Dan McArthur Award – Indepth/Investigative

•Global Edmonton for Animal Neglect


Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage

• Global Edmonton for Maddox Flynn


Sam Ross Award – Editorial Commentary

• Global Edmonton for Cookie Monster”

Following its successful launch on iPad, Shaw Media today announced their Global Video App is now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch. The Global Video App offers Canadian viewers on-the-go access the network’s blockbuster library of premium content, including full episodes of House, The Good Wife, NCIS: LA, The Office, Rookie Blue and Survivor along with previous broadcasts of Global National and 16:9:The Bigger Picture. 

Peter Bissonnette, President of Shaw Communications, expects online viewership to jump substantially, explaining: “To date, with our Global Video App for iPad, users have viewed more than one million shows. By carrying our content over to iPhone and iPod, we are extending our reach into the market, making our vast library of premium content available to many more users across Canada.” 

Highlights of the Global Video App include:   

  • Full-length episodes and clips
  • Superb video quality
  • Sleek interface design with user-friendly features
  • Progress bars to indicate runtime – allowing viewers to exit the app and to resume viewing at the same spot
  • Schedule guide for Global programs with listings up to two weeks in advance
  • Behind-the-scenes footage and Web-exclusive content

iPhone users can download the app here:

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iPad users can download the app here:

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Global Television announced today that its latest original drama series Combat Hospital has been picked up by ABC.  The 13 episode series, the second Global series to be picked up by the US network, will air in simulcast with ABC this summer (airdates TBC).

Set in a hospital inspired by the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit (MMU) at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, Combat Hospital charts the frantic lives of the hospital’s resident doctors and nurses from Canada, America, the UK and other allied countries.  This candid, entertaining and sometimes brutal series follows Canadian trauma surgeon Rebecca Kincaid as she experiences relentless life and death battles on the surgeon’s table that transcend politically-charged stereotypes and is confronted with making the tough decisions that come with the realities of frontline medicine

“With the record setting success of Rookie Blue, we’re looking forward to partnering with ABC on another winning series,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media.  “The appeal of Combat Hospital will cut across all demographics and many nationalities.  It’ll provide the flip side to an international conflict that comes into our homes every day.”

Combat Hospital is a joint production of Canada’s Sienna Films and the UK’s Artists Studio with Carrie Stein at 3 Arts Entertainment and Simon Vaughan at Lookout Point heading up international sales.  Executive Producers are Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny for Sienna Films (The Cry of the Owl—with BBC Films, MACT Productions, Diamonds—CBC/ABC, with Buffalo Gal Pictures, Alchemy Television and Philo Films, How She Move—Paramount Vantage/MTV Films/Mongrel Media), Gub Neal, Justin Thompson-Glover and Patrick Irwin for Artists Studio; Executive Producer/ Showrunner Dan Petrie Jr. will head up the writing room on the show originally created by Jinder Chalmers and Douglas Steinberg.

“We are thrilled to be working with Shaw and ABC – excellent broadcasting partners – as well as the team we’ve assembled, from Dan Petrie Jr. to our co-producing partners in the UK,” said Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny, Executive Producers, Sienna Films.

Is your recipe worth $250,000? Well with the annoucement today of a new Food Network show.. it could be! Recipe to Riches is scouring the country for the best recipes in 7 different categories: Appetizers, Frozen Treats, Entrees, Sweet & Savoury Snacks, Savoury Pies, Cakes and Sweet Pies. Each episode one person could win $25,000 and their product will hit store shelves as a President’s Choice product. Then at the end one person will walk away with the grand prize of $250,000.

They are also hitting the road.. so bring out your favorite recipes for the judges to taste. Halifax, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto are all having open auditions for the best recipes. Check out the casting note below. For more information visit

Global Toronto will break from its regularly scheduled programming at 12:30 pm, tomorrow, January 18 to begin its live coverage of the full honour police funeral for fallen officer Sgt. Ryan Russell.

Led by News Hour anchors Anne Mroczkowski and Leslie Roberts, Global Toronto’s Sgt. Russell Remembered special will report live from the ceremony being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Live coverage of the funeral for Sgt. Ryan Russell will also be streamed online at

Sgt. Russell Remembered will feature interviews and commentary, followed by coverage of the ceremony, which begins at 1:00pm. News Hour reporters Catherine McDonald, Alex Pierson, Mark McAllister and Marianne Dimain will also report live on the ground as the funeral procession makes its way to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. 

“This is a tragic moment for all of us. Our aim is to provide viewers with an opportunity to share in the grief of the family of Sgt. Russell, and the Toronto Police force,” says Ward Smith, News Director and Station Manager, Global Toronto. “Sgt. Russell exemplified the best of our community and we are proud to set aside time to celebrate his life and his commitment to our safety.”

Arrangements have been made to accommodate more than 10,000 mourners for Tuesday’s ceremonies, with thousands of officers from police forces across the continent expected to be in attendance.

Global Toronto and The National Post are once again teaming up to celebrate February’s Black History Month with the Have Your Story Told contest. Now in its third year, the contest invites people from across Ontario to submit their entries outlining what Black History Month means to them, with the winners given the opportunity to tell their stories on Global Toronto’s News Hour at 6:00 pm. 

Beginning Friday, January 14, viewers can visit to submit their stories online at the Have Your Story Told contest site. From personal accounts and family histories, to abstract hopes and philosophies, and everything in between, viewers are given a maximum of 500 words to share their thoughts, and include photos and supporting materials.

On January 31st, four winning entries will be selected from those submitted. Each of the four winners will then have their Black History Month stories told during a special News Hour segment hosted by Global Toronto Feature Reporter Terese Sears, airing each Friday in February. Winners will also be mentioned in print by the National Post, and will receive a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of both Global Toronto studios and the National Post newsroom. 

“We are proud to bring the Have Your Story Told contest back for a third year and look forward to continuing to uncover the rich history we as Canadians are a part of, as told by our viewers,” said Ward Smith, News Director and Station Manager, Global Toronto. “Last year’s response to the contest was fantastic, and we’re excited to see what 2011 holds.” 

The Have Your Story Told contest is open to all Ontario residents 14 years of age or older. For more information or for official contest rules and regulations, go to   

In addition to sharing the four winning entries, throughout the month of February, Global Toronto’s News Hour at

6:00 pm will feature various stories and coverage of events related to Black History Month. Community listings will also be broadcast on the air, outlining the many events taking place that are related to Black History Month.

Here are the top 10 shows for the week of December 13 – December 19 as provided by BBM.

1) Big Bang Theory (CTV)

2) Criminal Minds (CTV)

3) Two and a Half Men (CTV)

4) Survivor: Nicaragua (GLOBAL)

5) Shit My Dad Says (CTV)

6) Mike & Molly (CTV)

7) Survivor: Nicaragua Reunion Special (GLOBAL)

8 ) NCIS: Los Angeles (CTV)

9) CTV Evening News (CTV)

10) CSI (CTV)