CanWest launches national newscast from Vancouver

Vancouver - CanWest Global Communications Corp. yesterday launched Global National - its new national newscast produced and broadcast from the West.

Through Global National, CanWest Global says it is reinforcing its commitment to to Canadian news programming. In addition to investing millions of dollars in news programming overall, CanWest has committed more than $10 million to create a dedicated production and editorial team for Global National. The newscast will be produced and broadcast from the BCTV studios in Vancouver - one of the highest rated news production facilities in North America.

Headed and anchored by Kevin Newman, a newscaster with a vast amount of experience, intelligence and passion - Global National will deconstruct and explain news that is relevant to Canadians, helping viewers understand what is happening in their own backyard and across the country.

An acclaimed journalist, Canadian-born Kevin, 42, has an illustrious record in North American news broadcasting. Starting as a parliamentary correspondent for Global News in Toronto in 1983, Kevin progressed to senior positions at CTV and CBC, before moving to the United States to join ABC News in 1994. During his seven years at ABC, Kevin covered many of the world's biggest news stories and won two Emmys - one for outstanding news and documentary program achievement in 2000 and the other for best breaking news broadcast during the Kosovo crisis.

By sharing, co-operating and strategically employing resources and information with other media outlets in the CanWest family, including the National Post and newspapers in the Southam chain across the country, Global National will enhance news reporting and analysis for all Canadians.

Viewers should tune in to witness, first-hand, what Global National brings to national news reporting in Canada. Global National will air across the country starting September 3, 2001 at the following local times:

* British Columbia: 5:30 p.m. Ontario and Quebec: 6:30 p.m.
* Alberta: 6:30 p.m. Atlantic Canada: 11 p.m.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba: 6 p.m.

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