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Global Toronto appoints news director

Toronto, Global Television has appointed Stephanie Smyth as news director, Global Toronto.

Over the past 10 years, Smyth has risen through the ranks at 680News and has been instrumental in turning Toronto's flagship news radio station into the top news station in Canada.

Her 15 years in news have seen her report on-air, anchor newscasts and act as assignment editor. In 1999 she was appointed news director at 680News. It was from that position that Smyth coordinated 680News' award winning coverage of the U.S. presidential election as well the station's coverage of the attacks on September 11th, 2001.

"I'm leaving the top rated news radio station in the country for what has to be the most exciting position possible in Canadian television news", said Smyth.

"Global, through its unparalleled resources at CanWest and the CanWest News Service (CNS) is well positioned to become the number one television news organization in Canada and I'm very excited about becoming part of that effort. The enormous advantages of CanWest convergence offer unparalleled opportunities to lead the news pack and I can't wait to take full advantage of all that the organization offers," she concluded.

"I am thrilled to have Stephanie on the team as we launch a whole new era at Global Ontario. Stephanie's award-winning leadership in news will be a key asset to the Global News organization as we introduce exciting new programs and continue to build on our momentum," says Steve Wyatt, editor in chief, Global Television. "Her passion for news and keen understanding of the market will be invaluable," he concluded.

Smyth will assume her responsibilities in the next three weeks. Global Television Network is a division of CanWest Global Communications Corp.

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