Global Television and APTN today announced broadcast details for the 17th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards (NAAA). Premiering Saturday, May 1 – 9pm ET/PT on Global and APTN, the awards encourage and celebrate excellence in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada.

Hosted by Andrea Menard (The Velvet Devil, Rabbit Fall) and Raoul Trujillo (True Blood, Apocalypto), the NAAA were held in Regina on Friday, March 26. The gala ceremony broadcast features appearances by international music icon Buffy Sainte-Marie; country music artist Crystal Shawanda; musician Elisapie Isaac; actor Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas); actor Michael Greyeyes (Passchendaele); songwriter/producer/musician Leemai Lafontaine; members of the Red Bull Drum Group; and The Wanuskewin International Dance Troupe. 

“This annual celebration is an ongoing inspiration to Canadians nationwide,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “Global Television, alongside broadcast partner APTN, proudly returns for its fifth consecutive year to showcase and applaud the recipients and their wonderful accomplishments.”

“The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards are instrumental in recognizing excellence within First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across the nation, providing much-deserved acknowledgement that, in turn, encourages and empowers our youth. APTN is proud to play a part in showcasing the outstanding accomplishments of this year’s award recipients to all of Canada, once again joining with Global Television as official broadcasters,” said Sky Bridges, APTN Director of Marketing.

Created in 1993, the awards are the highest honour the Aboriginal community bestows upon its recipients. NAAA celebrate career achievements by professionals in diverse occupations. Each year, a national jury selects 12 career award winners, one youth and one lifetime achievement award recipient. Categories of recognition include arts; business and commerce; culture, heritage and spirituality; education; environment and natural resources; health; law and justice; media and communications; politics; public service; sports; as well as technology and trades. 

“These are stories of inspiration and admiration, and it’s a true privilege for us to be able to shine the spotlight on our deserving recipients with the help of broadcast partners Global and APTN,” Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of NAAF and Executive Producer of the Awards Gala. “Each year we hope to reach those just waiting for the opportunity to demonstrate their potential, and it’s a real testament that after 17 amazing years, the recipients continue to raise the bar of excellence.”

For a complete list of award winners, performers and presenters please visit

Global Television’s broadcast of the 2010 Masters Tournament on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11 had a total reach of 9 million viewers tuning in at some point during the two-day broadcast. The most highly-anticipated sporting event of the spring averaged 1.4 million viewers (Ind 2+, national) – an increase of 60% over 2009’s coverage.

This year, Phil Mickelson’s emotional victory was his third Masters win.


59% more viewers than last year Ind 2+, national
64% more viewers than last year A18-49, national

Saturday 2010 vs. Saturday 2009
Averaged 1,044,500 viewers Ind 2+ national; 337,100 for A18-49 national
Viewing peaked at 6:12pm ET  Ind 2+ with 1.5 million viewers
62% more viewers than last year Ind 2+, national
80% more viewers than last year A18-49, national

Sunday 2010 vs. Sunday 2009
Averaged 1,772,100 viewers Ind 2+ national; 641,600 for A18-49 national
Viewing peaked at 6:40pm ET Ind 2+ with 2.6 million viewers
71% more viewers than last year Ind 2+, national
73% more viewers than last year A18-49, national

Source: All data, as of August 31st 2009, BBM Canada PPM Overnight Data based on Adults 18-49 unless otherwise indicated.

After winning hometown glory, 21 young spelling champs are determined to take home the national title and the coveted Canwest Canspell Cup. The 21 Finalists for the sixth annual Canwest Canspell National Spelling Bee Canadian championship are gearing up for an exciting battle of word power in Ottawa.

On March 13, the last finalist earned her place on the national stage by winning the regional spelling bee in Kamloops. In total, 21 regional finals were held from coast-to-coast to arrive at the final group which will meet in Ottawa March 24-29.

The 2010 competitions started at the school level at the beginning of the year as some 250,000 students across the country registered to take part in their school spelling bees; of that number, approximately 1100 spellers advanced to the 21 regional competitions. Now it’s down to the country’s 21 best spellers.

The national competition takes place on Sunday, March 28 beginning at 10:00 am ET and will be webcast live on Once again, colour commentary and expert analysis will be provided by Entertainment Tonight Canada’s Rick Campanelli and two-time Canwest Cup Champion and 2006 Scripps runner-up Finola Hackett. A 2-hour special, featuring the highlights of the event will air on Global Television and NTV in Newfoundland and Labrador on Saturday, April 3rd, at 8:00 PM local time (please check listings).

The entire Canwest Canspell Spelling Bee program was made possible this year through the generous support of Canada Post as the presenting partner. Canspell would like to congratulate Canada Post for its dedication to promoting literacy and academic excellence through this program and the others in which it has taken a leadership position.

“Our involvement with Canspell reinforces Canada Post’s continued commitment to supporting literacy and a lifetime of learning,” says Anthony Wilson-Smith, Vice-President of Communications at Canada Post. “We are pleased to partner with Canwest again this year on a program that engages and applauds bright, young scholars from across the country.”

The winner of the Canwest Canspell National Spelling Bee will receive the Canspell Cup, a $15,000 education award, courtesy of Egg Farmers of Canada and the honour of representing Canada at the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in early June.

Canwest would also like to acknowledge the significant contribution of Air Canada as the exclusive Canwest Canspell airline partner. Spellers and their chaperones will travel to Ottawa from all corners of this vast country courtesy of Air Canada.

Global Television continues to heat up this March with red-hot programming in primetime. In addition to all-new episodes of fan favourites such as House, NCIS, NCIS: LA, Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains and The Office, Global’s powerhouse line-up includes the series premiere of new comedy Sons of Tucson and a new season of the hit reality series Celebrity Apprentice.

Premiering Sunday, March 14 – 9pm ET/PT, the Donald is back in the two-hour, season three premiere of smash hit reality series Celebrity Apprentice. Using their fame, contacts and business acumen, 14 celebrities will attempt to win weekly business-driven tasks to stay out of the boardroom and avoid hearing Trump say, “You’re fired!” This season’s contestants include singer/songwriter Cyndi Lauper; reality star Sharon Osbourne; actress Holly Robinson Peete; model Selita Ebanks; pro wrestler Maria Kanellis; critically-acclaimed comedian Carol Leifer; Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalist Summer Sanders; baseball legend Darryl Strawberry; singer/songwriter Bret Michaels; pro wrestler Bill Goldberg; Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson; embattled former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich; comedian Sinbad; and master chef Curtis Stone.

Another addition to the Global line-up is the quirky new comedy Sons of Tucson on Thursday, March 11 – 9:30pm ET/PT. This half-hour series follows three brothers who hire a wayward schemer, Ron Snuffkin (Canadian Tyler Labine), to stand in as their father when their real one goes to prison. While Sons of Tucson is grounded in the day-to-day challenges of a single-parent home, nothing in the Gunderson household is quite what it seems. An ongoing chess match between Ron and the boys keeps both parties on their toes, as neither side can afford to give up too much power or independence.

Also this month, in her final Oscar® Night edition of The Barbara Walters Special (Sunday, March 7 – 7 pm ET/PT), the iconic Walters sits down for a candid conversation with Academy Award® nominees Sandra Bullock and Mo’Nique. In what has become an annual tradition, this final pre-Oscars special will feature a comprehensive look back at interviews with celebrities including Cher, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Steven Spielberg, Halle Berry, Renée Zellweger, Diane Keaton, George Clooney, Sophia Loren, Helen Mirren, President and Mrs. Reagan and Kim Basinger. 

The primetime action doesn’t stop there as new episodes of fan favourites and critically-acclaimed series return starting next week. 

In an all-new The Good Wife, Tuesday, March 2 – 10pm ET/PT, Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming guest stars as a new member of Peter’s (Chris Noth) political team. And while Peter gets acclimated to life at home, Alicia (Golden Globe® Award winner Julianna Margulies) and Diane (Christine Baranski) wrestle with spousal privilege laws in a murder case that hinges on their ability to get a wife to testify against her husband.

From the courtroom to the delivery room, it’s the episode everyone’s been waiting for – the birth of Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim’s (John Krasinski) baby in a special one-hour episode of The Office, Thursday, March 4 – 9pm ET/PT.  Pam’s contractions begin but she and Jim are determined to wait it out as long as possible so they can have more time at the hospital. Meanwhile, the rest of the office tries to distract Pam from the pain with food and entertainment.

Also next week, don’t miss new episodes of hit series 24 on Monday, March 1 – 9pm ET/PT;   NCIS followed by NCIS: LA on Tuesday, March 2 starting at 8pm ET/PT; Kitchen Nightmares on Wednesday, March 3 – 9pm ET/PT; Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains on Thursday, March 4 – 8pm ET/PT; and Numb3rs on Friday, March 5 – 10pm ET/PT.

Finally, Monday, March 8 sees the highly-anticipated return of Canada’s hottest drama, House, at 8pm ET/PT. Laura Prepon (That ‘70s Show) guest stars as a blogger who is admitted with unexplained bruises and bleeding. While she blogs about her symptoms, possible diagnoses and doctors, she also solicits advice from her readers about her treatment. This unsettles the team, especially after House (Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie) and Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) learn secrets from each other’s pasts online.

Viewers can also log onto to catch up on their favourite series at any time.

Canadian broadcasters collaborate to produce CANADA FOR HAITI special, followed by MTV’s HOPE FOR HAITI NOW, Friday, Jan. 22

Canada’s television networks have united in their support for Haiti as it struggles under the crippling devastation of last week’s earthquake. CBC Television, CTV and Global Television will be collaborating to produce CANADA FOR HAITI, a one-hour, commercial-free special leading up to HOPE FOR HAITI NOW, broadcasting live on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. ET/PT (8 p.m. AT).

Hosted by Cheryl Hickey, Ben Mulroney and George Stroumboulopoulos, CANADA FOR HAITI will feature exclusive Canadian content, exploring our country’s close relationship with Haiti in this time of need, and performances from top Canadian musicians. Full details will be announced in the coming days.

Donations accepted during the broadcast will go towards a coalition of Canadian NGOs, including Canadian Red Cross Society, Care Canada, Free the Children, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada, UNICEF Canada and World Vision Canada.

Following CANADA FOR HAITI, CBC Television, CTV, Global Television, MTV, MuchMusic, and National Geographic Channel will simulcast HOPE FOR HAITI NOW, a special live, commercial-free earthquake relief telethon at 8 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. AT).

Hosted by George Clooney in Los Angeles, Haitian-born Wyclef Jean in New York City and CNN’s Anderson Cooper in Haiti, the telethon will feature a star-studded line-up of musical performances and celebrity appearances conceived to galvanize the world to donate to the massive Haitian relief effort. Facebook and MySpace have also signed on as official social media partners to help drive donations and telethon viewership.

HOPE FOR HAITI NOW is produced by Joel Gallen, Tenth Planet Productions, in collaboration with MTV Networks and George Clooney.

Even in the ultra competitive TV business, the holiday season seems to bring out the best in people.

Global Television wishes to thank CTV for its recent press release recapping the fall television season – a release that generously reminded readers of the dramatic shift occurring in the TV landscape.

In its release, CTV graciously included the following list of Canada’s Top 10 programs among Adults 25-54. This list indicates that Global now has 4 of the Top 10 shows in the country, including Canada’s #1 show.

Canada’s Top 10 Television Programs, Fall 2009 – Adults 25-54


In its haste to issue the release, CTV staff must have accidentally neglected to include the list of top shows among Adults 18-49, the key demographic for most TV advertisers. In this demo, Global has the #1 show in the country (House), the only new addition (Glee), and a hit program (NCIS) that’s just 4,000 viewers shy of a Top 10 position.

Canada’s Top 10 Television Programs, Fall 2009 – Adults 18-49


In the same spirit of goodwill, Global would like to congratulate CTV for maintaining its top ranking among Canadian networks this fall. Global is also very pleased with its own performance – with 34% growth in primetime, the network has had its most successful fall in over half a decade. 

Everyone at Global wishes the staff at CTV the very best of the holiday season. We look forward to collaborating with you further in the new year to ensure advertisers and members of the press stay informed about the ever-changing TV landscape.

From red carpet glitz to a slew of returning fan favourites and all-new series, Global Television’s primetime schedule keeps getting hotter in 2010.

It all starts with the 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday, January 6 – 9pm ET/PT. Known for bringing together a gamut of Hollywood heavyweights, People’s Choice is the only awards show that gives fans a chance to vote for their favourites in music, movies and television. The multi-talented Queen Latifah will host the live telecast.

Later that same week the Mark Burnett-produced project Shark Tank premieres on Friday, January 8 – 9pm ET/PT. The new, biting reality series follows aspiring entrepreneurs as they pitch their business ideas to a panel of ruthless investors in hopes of landing an investment in their concept.

The high-impact action continues as 24 makes its much-anticipated return with season 8. The special two-night, four-hour premiere begins on Sunday, January 17 – 9pm ET/PT and concludes on Monday, January 18 – 8pm ET/PT. The suspenseful, award-winning series starring Canadian Kiefer Sutherland is back with new plot twists that will bring a whole new meaning to national security. Subsequent all-new 1-hour episodes will premiere Mondays – 9pm ET/PT starting January 25.

The red carpet excitement heats up again with the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. Lauded by critics for its style, simplicity and genuine warmth, the SAG awards make their Global debut on Saturday, January 23 – 8pm ET/PT. The unique ceremony will present 13 awards for acting in film and television within a fast-paced and entertaining two-hour live broadcast.

There’s no time to cool down as Kitchen Nightmares returns with season 3 starting Wednesday, January 27 – 9pm ET/PT. Temperatures rise as tempers flare with Chef Gordon Ramsay at the helm of quality control. And for two weeks leading up to the new season launch, fans can join Chef as he revisits the restaurants from previous seasons starting on January 13.

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards rounds out the amazing month on Sunday, January 31 – 8pm ET/PT on Global. Music’s biggest night honours excellence in the recording industry with this year’s spotlight on frontrunners Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, while Canadian singer, songwriter and poet, Leonard Cohen will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition, all-new episodes of the critically-acclaimed series NCIS, NCIS: LA and The Good Wife continue on Tuesdays starting January 5; The Office starts up again on Thursday, January 7 – 9pm ET/PT; on Sunday, January 10, The Simpsons celebrate their 450th episode at 8pm ET/PT followed by a 1-hour 20th Anniversary special at 8:30pm ET/PT; Bones returns in simulcast on Thursdays – 8pm ET/PT starting January 14; and last, but not least, House, Canada’s #1 show returns on Monday, January 25 – 8pm ET/PT.

Fans can also look forward to the return of reality smash hits Survivor Season 20 and Celebrity Apprentice Season 9 in February 2010 and on Sunday, March 14, respectively.

Viewers can also log onto to catch up on their favourites at anytime., Canada’s Fastest Growing Broadcast Website, can add an additional title to its already impressive resume; Canada’s #1 Broadcast Website For Video. As 2009 comes to a close, the latest comScore report indicates that the site has hit its highest marks to date in key online video metrics. Among the latest milestones achieved by ·

#1 in Video Plays at 15.4 Million – Up 10 times year over year and 4.5 million more than 2nd place CTV*·

#1 in Minutes Per Viewer at 105 minutes – Five times more than CTV*·

#1 in Videos Per Viewer at 34 per viewer – More than double than that of CTV* proved to be the #1 destination for premium primetime content this year. In fact, the site streams the most primetime content in Canada with 18 hours per week which is almost triple that of the closest competitor. Fans think of first every time when looking for great television online and flock to the site to catch up on their favourite episodes of hit shows including Canada’s #1 New Comedy Glee**, Canada’s #1 Television Show House** and hit Global programs Family Guy, Survivor and The Office, to name only a few. This was further confirmed in an independent study conducted by Solutions Research Group (SRG) that revealed more Canadians identified as the top destination for full episode video compared to any other broadcast website.

“When we launched the brand new last year, we made a promise to viewers that we would deliver them the #1 site in the country and we have delivered on that promise,” said Graham Moysey, Senior Vice President, Canwest Digital Media. “This level of success is testament to fantastic content, added value like no other broadcast site and a loyal fan base who return for the best online viewing experience each and every day. We are very proud of all these achievements and 2010 is only going to get better.”

*Source; comScore Inc., Video Metrix, October 2009 vs. Conventional Stations Global, CTV, CBC and City, Total Canada, All Locations 2+ audience.

**Source; BBM Canada PPM Overnights Data (Sept 14 – Dec 6/09), based on A18-49 / Total Canada.

Global makes fans’ holiday wishes come true this year with hours and hours of jam-packed TV fun. From sizzling lingerie-clad models to heart-warming specials and exciting finales, fans can avoid the mall mayhem from the comforts of their homes with the best in comedy, drama, and holiday fare this season.

The hottest fashion show on TV returns on Tuesday, December 1 – 10pm ET/PT.  The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum with performances by the award-winning Black Eyed Peas, is sure to warm the winter chills.  And just as the weather gets frightful, Global gets even more delightful with the Fall Finale of the #1 new comedy, Glee on Wednesday, December 9 – 9pm ET/PT – the competition heats up as the glee club heads to sectionals.  Next up, learn to julienne with flair in time for your holiday dinner with Gordon Ramsay’s Cook-along Live on Tuesday, December 15 – 9pm ET/PT. Then take a trip down memory lane with the Saturday Night Live 2-Hour Holiday Special. Bust a gut with a collection of the best holiday sketches from the show’s amazing 35-year history.  Finally, fans can sit back and enjoy tribal council to find out who succeeded to outwit, outplay and outlast with the Survivor: Samoa  3-Hour Finale on Sunday, December 20 starting at 8pm ET/PT.


Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show *SPECIAL* – Tuesday, December 1 – 10pm ET/PT

Saturday Night Live *ALL NEW*  – featuring guest host Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) and musical guest Rihanna – Saturday, December 5 – 11:30pm ET/PT

The Grinch *MOVIE SPECIAL STARRING JIM CARREY* – Monday, December 7 – 8pm ET/PT

The Office *HOLIDAY EPISODE ENCORE* – Monday December 7 – 10:30pm ET/PT

Glee *FALL FINALE* – Wednesday, December 9 – 9pm ET/PT

Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 *SPECIAL* – Wednesday, December 9 – 10pm ET/PT

Saturday Night Live *ALL NEW*  – featuring guest host Taylor Lautner (New Moon) and musical guest Bon Jovi – Saturday, December 12 – 11:30pm ET/PT

The Simpsons *ALL-NEW HOLIDAY EPISODE* – Sunday, December 13 – 8pm ET/PT

The Cleveland Show *ALL-NEW HOLIDAY EPISODE* – Sunday, December 13 – 8:30pm ET/PT

Family Guy *ALL-NEW HOLIDAY EPISODE* – Sunday, December 13 – 9pm ET/PT

American Dad *ALL-NEW HOLIDAY EPISODE* – Sunday, December 13 – 9:30pm ET/PT

House *HOLIDAY EPISODE ENCORE* – Monday, December 14 – 8pm ET/PT

Gordon Ramsay’s Cook-along Live *SPECIAL* – Tuesday, December 15 – 9pm ET/PT

Catch the encore on Food Network Wednesday, December 16 – 10pm ET

Saturday Night Live Christmas 2009 *2-HOUR HOLIDAY SPECIAL* – Wednesday, December 16 – 9pm ET/PT

Santa Claus Parade *ENCORE PRESENTATION* – Saturday, December 19 – 8pm ET/PT

Saturday Night Live *ALL NEW*  – featuring guest host James Franco and musical guest Muse – Saturday, December 19 – 11:30pm ET/PT

Survivor: Samoa *3-HOUR FINALE* – Sunday, December 20 – 8pm ET/PT

Holmes in New Orleans *ENCORE PRESENTATION* – Monday, December 21 & 28 – 10pm ET/PT

Christmas Choir *HOLIDAY MOVIE* – Tuesday, December 22 – 9pm ET/PT

Christmas Town *HOLIDAY MOVIE* – Wednesday, December 23 – 9pm ET/PT

The Road To Christmas *HOLIDAY MOVIE* – Thursday, December 24 – 8pm ET/PT

His & Her Christmas *HOLDIAY MOVIE* – Friday, December 25 – 7pm ET/PT

Christmas Capers *HOLDIAY MOVIE* – Friday, December 25 – 9pm ET/PT

Mall Santa *CANADIAN ORIGINAL* – Thursday, December 24 – 10pm ET/PT

Six weeks into the most anticipated fall television season in years, Global is winning where it matters and growing at a record pace.

The network is witnessing its best fall in over half a decade, seeing its primetime audience increase 56% for total viewers nationally and 37% for Adults 18-49. Global now outpaces CBC by 42% and Citytv by 186% among total viewers, and in the crucial 18-49 demographic by 77% and 180%, respectively. In addition, the network now owns half of the Top 10 programs in the country, and the key market story is equally impressive with Global taking four of the Top 10 in Toronto, five in Calgary and six in Vancouver.

Global’s overwhelming success is due to its powerful primetime slate of new and returning programs. Proven hits such as Lie To Me, NCIS, Survivor and Bones continue to perform in the ratings and fan favourite House reigns supreme as Canada’s #1 Show – nationally and in all key markets. The network is also home to the season’s breakout hit series including the #1 New Comedy, Glee and the #1 New Drama, NCIS: LA.

On the home front, ET Canada – the nation’s preeminent source for entertainment news – kicked off another incredible season, significantly growing its audience from last fall by 37% for total viewers and 13% for Adults 18-49. In addition, the unmatched combination of ET Canada & Entertainment Tonight continues as Canada’s most-watched hour of entertainment news beating CTV’s eTalk & Access Hollywood by 13% for total viewers and 22% for Adults 18-49 nationally. 

And the great news doesn’t stop there…Global National has experienced an outstanding 21% increase in viewership year over year in the key news demo of Adults 25-54. In the major markets, Global National has seen a 42% increase in viewership in Toronto, a 51% increase in Calgary and a 19% increase in Vancouver.

“Global’s standout schedule has delivered our best fall in over half a decade,” said Barbara Williams, EVP, Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “By combining the best of legal, crime and medical dramas, alongside top notch reality and comedy series, including the freshest new show, Glee – it’s terrific to see our primetime line-up shine so brightly.”

Canada’s Top 10 Shows (Adults 18-49)

1 HOUSE – Global
5 C.S.I. – CTV
7 LIE TO ME – Global
8 NCIS – Global
9 GLEE – Global