GLOBAL NATIONAL WITH KEVIN NEWMAN ANCHORED FROM OTTAWA COMMENCING EARLY
CANADA'S MOST-WATCHED NATIONAL NEWSCAST TO BE BROADCAST FROM NEW,
LEADING-EDGE DIGITAL MEDIA CENTRE
THE ONLY NATIONAL NEWSCAST TO BE BASED IN NATION'S CAPITAL
VANCOUVER, June 6 /CNW/ - CanWest MediaWorks today announced that
commencing in early 2008, Kevin Newman, Anchor and Executive Editor of Global
National will deliver the weekday broadcast from a new, custom-designed
digital newsroom and studio located in the heart of the nation's capital.
Putting Newman closer to the day's biggest stories and biggest newsmakers
than any other Anchor, the move will also position him at the forefront of the
country's most advanced newsgathering facility - a multi-million dollar
project now being built in Ottawa by CanWest MediaWorks, poised to become
Canada's most integrated broadcast/print/online media centre.
The main production and editorial hub for Global National will remain in
Vancouver, where the use of leading-edge technology will strengthen a truly
national newscast, allowing the program to not only be hosted from Ottawa
nightly, but to quickly relocate to the scene of breaking news anywhere in the
country. This new digital infrastructure will also allow Global News to create
unique content for any digital platform at any time of the day.
"In the last six years, Global National has forever changed the way
Canadians get their national news," said Steve Wyatt, Senior Vice President,
News and Information Television for CanWest MediaWorks. "Today's announcement
marks yet another in a series of innovations for our News operation, and the
start of a new mission to expand the presence and enhance the content of
Canada's most-watched national newscast."
"I am very excited about this important new leap in our evolution as a
newscast," said Newman. "As the only national newscast to be anchored from our
country's capital, we have a unique opportunity to tell stories about Canada
and the world in entirely new ways. My closer proximity to all parts of the
country - and to the decision makers who impact the lives of all Canadians -
will allow Global National to get to the scene of breaking news faster, with
context and perspective that's unique."
The weekend editions of Global National with Tara Nelson will continue to
be broadcast from Global's Vancouver news centre.
For further information: Yvonne Chiang, Global News, (604) 422-6736,