CanWest to launch national current affairs show

Calgary - CanWest Global Communications Corp. launches its second foray into the national news scene in as many weeks with Global Sunday - an innovative national weekly current affairs show beginning on September 16. The half-hour, early evening show will be hosted by Charles Adler, an outspoken, highly opinionated and engaging broadcaster.

Global Sunday, which airs adjacent to most local Global early evening newscasts across the country on Sunday nights, will use commentary, panel discussions and interviews with key newsmakers to provide the context to issues that matter to Canadians. But the key to Global Sunday is Adler himself, who is aiming to tell viewers what's really going on by cutting to the heart of issues.

A 25-year radio and television broadcast veteran, Adler has a unique brand of straight talk filled with humorous rants and honest observation. He was news director for seven years at 58 CKY in Winnipeg, before hosting a syndicated radio talk show, Hot Talk, in Tampa, Florida. In 1994, he began hosting Adler on Line, a primetime television show for which he won a Best TV Host for New England Emmy. Following a return to Canada with CFRB in Toronto in 1996, Adler joined CJOB Winnipeg, where his show was reported to have the highest audience share in North America.

Produced and broadcast from CanWest Global's studios in Calgary, Global Sunday is a further indication of the company's commitment to Canadian news programming, which also includes the recent launch of Global National with Kevin Newman on Sept. 3. Both shows will benefit from the resources and newsgathering capabilities of media outlets in the CanWest family, which will enhance their coverage and analysis of news and current affairs for all Canadians.

The show will air across the country starting September 16, 2001 at the following local times:

- British Columbia: 5:30 p.m. - Ontario: 6:30 p.m.

- Alberta (Calgary, Edmonton: 6:30 p.m.); - Quebec: 6:30 p.m.
(Lethbridge: 5:30 p.m.)

- Saskatchewan (Regina): 5:30 p.m. - Atlantic Canada: 5:30 p.m.

- Manitoba (Winnipeg): 5:30 p.m.

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